How to Browse in Private

By Kefa Olang

Many of today's leading Web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari include a private browsing feature that allows you to surf the Web without keeping track of your history. This may prove especially useful in public locations with more than one user to a computer. By default, Web browsers remember lots of information including the files you download, sites you visit and the searches you perform. By enabling your browser's private browsing feature, you can browse the Internet without saving any information about the sites and pages you visit.

Internet Explorer

Step 1

Click the "Start" button and click "Internet Explorer" to launch your Web browser.

Step 2

Click the "Safety" button, and then click "InPrivate Browsing" to enable private browsing.

Step 3

Alternately, press "CTRL," "SHIFT," and "P" together to enable InPrivate Browsing.

Firefox Users

Step 1

Launch Firefox from the dock (Mac users) or "Start Menu" (Windows users).

Step 2

Click the "Tools" menu, and click "Start Private Browsing" to enable private browsing. Alternately, press "SHIFT," "COMMAND," and "P" together to enable private browsing.

Step 3

Click the "Firefox" menu and select "Preferences" if you want to start Firefox in the private browsing mode each time you use it.

Step 4

Click the "Privacy" panel, and select "Use custom settings for history." Select the "Automatically start Firefox in a private browsing session" option and close the preferences window.

Safari Users

Step 1

Launch Safari from the dock.

Step 2

Click the "Safari" menu on the top of your browser.

Step 3

Scroll down the pop-up menu and click "Private Browsing." Click "OK" to turn on private browsing.