Save your online stuff for y o u r eyes only

Posted on August 23, 2011


Or.. “your guide to private browsing”

Its not really necessary to land in someone elses mail, social network, blog or online dating account when you jump on computers (fair enough if its their own usually..). It’s no wonder the jump in peoples emails getting hacked and spammed, log out of your accounts people ! Or password your computer, use guest accounts and such or… at least check out private browsing, not just for its “porn mode” reason but for the sake of everyones online decency.

Most guides talk about using it for when your looking at dodgy stuff or you want to ‘buy that surprise gift for someone special but I think its worthwhile anytime your using other peoples computers (which im always doing).

I was going to right a little guide on it but others with more resources and net time then me have covered it far better than I would, so here’s bits from them and some links:

From this AOL blog.. here’s how to quickly access the feature in the major browsers: (replace Ctrl for Command on Macs)

Internet Explorer InPrivate

InPrivate can be opened by pressing Ctrl+Shift+P or by selecting “InPrivate Browsing” from the “Tools” menu. If you don’t see the menu, press Alt to reveal it.

Firefox Private Browsing

A private browsing window can be launched with either the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P or by selecting “Start Private Browsing” from the “Tools” drop down in the menu bar.

Chrome Incognito

You can open an Incognito window by either using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N or by selecting “New Incognito Window” from the wrench menu in the upper right hand corner. (Mac users may find this option under “File” in the menu bar.)

Safari Private Browsing

To launch Safari’s private mode you’ll need to click on “Safari” in the menu bar and select “Private Browsing…”

Opera Private

Opera allows you to open either a private tab or window (the rest are all separate windows). You can right click on the new tab icon and select “New Private Tab” from the context menu. New private windows can be launched with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+N. You’ll also find both options in the “Tabs and Windows” section of the Opera menu (the giant red “O” in the upper left-hand corner).

..and don’t get carried away with your newly secure powers, others suggest that its not so secure, others again have better options for that kind of thing.

Have you had some web browser embarrassments or discoveries which you’d rather have missed?