It is probably not to our knowledge that when browsing we leave fingerprints on the web inserted in the cookies, in the cache and in the history, assuming this without a doubt some risk and some disadvantages for users.
Surely if we are going to make a purchase with our credit card or with our PayPal account, in no way would we want such information to be compromised in any way. You probably do not want that when using a computer that is not yours there is the possibility that your passwords are registered or you simply do not want your searches to be reflected in the browser history.
Whatever the case, there is a very practical solution for this and it is called private browsing, something that the most popular browsers allow us and include in their function. Next we will show you what private browsing is, for what purposes we can use it and how we can activate the function in the most common browsers, which will be very useful when you need to surf the internet wanting to keep your data privacy.
What is private browsing?
Private browsing focuses on maintaining the protection of the privacy and security of users, making sure not to store history, cookies and cache so as not to leave a trace during browsing.
Safari, Apple’s browser, was the first to incorporate a private browsing feature, although this would go unnoticed. Today, the most used browsers worldwide have the ability to navigate in private or incognito mode among their functions.
It differs from normal browsing because it gives the user the ability to browse anonymously to some extent. The information that usually hides the private browsing mode are cookies (they disappear after the window is closed), the history of the pages we visit during the session and the data of the forms that apply to the autocomplete function. It also avoids caching, passwords and download lists.
Rare thing could mean a disadvantage for us when using the private function of our favorite browser, but there are. First it should be clarified that the private browsing offered by these browsers is not totally anonymous since it does not hide the IP address.
It also does not work against malicious agents that could be on our computer, so if it is the case that we are infected by a keylogger or some other spyware, the private browsing mode will not protect our data from them.
Perhaps one of the disadvantages that can arise from the use of private browsing is that when not record the history of pages we have visited, We will not be able to resort to it in case we have forgotten the address and want to return to a certain place.
What is it for and what are the uses of browsing privately on the Internet?
Private browsing brings significant advantages to users who have the need to protect your privacy and personal data, but not only that but it brings us some other benefits that we may not know about and that it would be important to know in order to take advantage of them.
First of all, we should talk about what cookies are and what their function is:
What are cookies?
They They are text files that store information about our navigation. Its function is mainly to remember basic data about it so that, for example, we do not have to log in every time we enter a web page again. They also act by allowing other sites to know our preferences, tastes, browsing habits, purchases and planning according to recent activity on the Internet.
The purpose of this is that third parties can use this information to show us advertisements according to it. That is, if, for example, we have searched for the price of a Router device, probably some of the next advertisements that you will be able to see on websites will show you advertising about that.
Of course, not all of us find it very pleasant to provide information to advertisers, companies or even governments, depending on the case. Much less that these third parties use the information stored in the cookies to sell us even at a higher price, due to the fact that they already know that we are interested in it.
Given this concern, there is the possibility of using the private browsing function that is generally included in the most used browsers to avoid the previous situation, remembering that private browsing delete cookies once the session is finished.
As we already said, If you have been interested in buying a Router, in traveling to a specific destination, third parties may use this information to offer you their products at a higher cost. That is why when buying a plane ticket or making a hotel reservation online, it is much better to do it from the private browsing mode to avoid an additional cost.
Benefits of incognito browsing
The benefits that private browsing gives us is to log in from two different accounts on the same website, for example open two different Gmail emails on the same computer. First you open one in the main browser window and once the private window is started and opened, you can open another and thus manage two accounts at the same time from the same browser without any inconvenience. Fantastic isn’t it?
If you are going to use a computer in a shared way, surely you will not want your passwords to be registered, something that is usually more common than you think. You may also find it tedious to have to close Facebook account or from any other that requests a login to be able to enter with yours or simply for some reason you do not want your searches and visits to be saved.
Whatever the case of those described above, private browsing serves as a solution to these, since allows you to enter through it to any page where there is already an open session.
We have also mentioned about the information that is being collected about our interests and the Google search engine is no exception in this, since according to this it usually shows us the results. Thus, If we want to obtain more accurate results and less influenced by the information that we provide, we can use incognito mode to get them.
In addition to the above, there are sites on the internet that establish time-based limits for visits or reading of free articles, asking for a paid subscription once they run out. Private browsing gives us the possibility to skip this, because this information is stored in cookies.
Without a doubt, one of the uses that has been given the most to private browsing has to do with visits to adult sites, Mainly because it does not keep a history record, something unwanted for some visitors to these web pages. Also because the searches we carry out will not appear again as a result of the autocomplete function and therefore will be out of the reach of children.
How to activate incognito mode and browse anonymously in any web or mobile browser?
The main browsers for our computer or mobile device usually have the private browsing mode incorporated. Next we will show you how to access it in each of them, although it can basically be done in a similar way.
For Google Chrome
In Google Chrome this function is known as “incognito mode“and it is an extremely simple tool to use.
- To open an incognito window, all you have to do is go to the upper right part of the screen, where the three points are located and select “New incognito window”. You can also do it through a simple keyboard shortcut by pressing the keys Ctrl + Shift + N.
- In the case of the version of Chrome for Android you will have to press the key “Menu” and then select “New incognito tab”.
For Mozilla Firefox
The process for Firefox is very similar to the one done in Chorme. Enough with go to the three side bars that are located above and to the right, click on them and then select “New private window”. The shortcut to access this function in Firefox is Ctrl + Shift + P.
Of course this function could not be missing in the Opera browser. Once you have opened it you will select the “Menu”, there the option will appear “New private window” which will be the one we will have to choose. As simple as that!
Opening the private browsing mode in Safari on your Mac is very easy, you will simply have to select the option “Archive” and then choose “New private window”.
In case that use Safari on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch mobile device, you can activate private browsing selecting in the lower right corner the button which includes two frames that are one above the other.
There, all the open tabs will be shown and you will be able to notice that in the lower left corner is the option “Private Nav”, which you must select. Ready, from now on you can browse with privacy.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉