When you want to hide what you’re browsing on the Internet, you can use what is called “incognito” or simply private browsing. You can find this on the Incognito tab on Google Chrome and Private Browsing tab on Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

Incognito or private browsing is a slightly more private way to browse the Internet. Compared to standard web browsing on all major search engines, private browsing:

  • Deletes stored cookies from browsing sessions when closing private browsing.
  • Deletes all data typed in forms such as in sign-up pages or when logging in.
  • Deletes temporary files and cache from your browsing session.
  • Deletes the browsing history from your browsing session.
  • Does not store the search history from your browsing session.

In short, during normal web browsing, everything on the above is either not deleted or stored away for anyone to search and see. So, private browsing enhances your privacy and confidentiality. This is useful to protect yourself if other people are using the same computer so they don’t see your browsing history.

But, private browsing will not do these:

  • Will not automatically delete files you downloaded or bookmarks saved. You need to delete them manually. These can still be tracked by others.
  • Protect you from keyloggers and spyware. Only a good antivirus software can protect you from them.
  • Will not delete your online browsing from your Internet service provider.
  • Will not remove your online activity from a Domain Name Server that is managed by an IT administrator for your company, organization, or school that logs all your online activity.

Also, no matter how good your private browsing is, the websites that you visited have either logged you into their websites or know that you were a visitor. They know what you viewed while visiting them and most will know your true identity. More advanced tracking by Ad networks know what sites you visited and what you searched for using your IP address, browser identifier, and cookies.

So basically, when you want to go “incognito” on the Internet, you can hide your browsing history from immediate or future manual tracking by others, but it won’t hide your download and bookmarks history, and it can’t hide your browsing history from the Internet provider and the domain server in your office or school.

Let’s take a look at a couple of web browsers

Google Chrome

Now considered the web browser and search engine used by more than 70% of Internet users, the Incognito feature on Chrome offers only basic private browsing features. It protects you from other people using the same computer. That’s it. Nothing else. But, it does fare better than the private browsing of Mozilla Firefox that is rated the worst.


Surprisingly, the world’s least used web browser offers the best private browsing features compared to other browsers. While still offering the basics, it also offers VPN (Virtual Private Network) and tracking protection that both hide your IP address and gives info to other websites and your provider that you’re another user.

This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 5:19:58 AM and is filed under Mixellaneous.

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