Browser / Launch a private or incognito window

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Objective

  • To provide instruction on opening a private browser window or incognito browser window
    • When you want to avoid saving cache, cookies, and history when browsing
    • When you want to log in to multiple email accounts at the same time
    • When you want to reduce the risk of signing in to a personal account on a shared computer
  • To provide links to the up-to-date support sites for Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari browsers

Environment

  • Browser
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Safari
  • University-owned Computer
  • Personally Owned Computer
    • macOS
    • Windows

Rationale

  • Browse privately without saving temporary Internet files, like search and browsing history, cookies and site data, or form information

Resolution

Chrome: Incognito Mode

  1. Click the More menu (three vertical dots in the upper-right corner)
  2. Select New Incognito Window

Source: Review the Google Chrome support article, Browse in private

 

Firefox: Private Browsing

  1. Click Settings
  2. Select New Private Window
  • Turn on Mozilla's tracking protection setting to help prevent sites from gathering data about your browsing habits

Source: Review the Mozilla support article, Private Browsing: Use Firefox without saving history

 

Internet Explorer: InPrivate (Windows 10)

  1. Right-click the Internet Explorer icon in the taskbar
  2. Select Start InPrivate Browsing
  • Microsoft browsers disable any third-party toolbars when you start a private browsing session

Source: Review the Microsoft support article, Change security and privacy settings for Internet Explorer 11

 

Microsoft Edge: InPrivate (Windows 10)

  1. Click the More link (three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner)
  2. Select New InPrivate Window
  • Microsoft browsers disable any third-party toolbars when you start a private browsing session

Source: Review the Microsoft support article, Browse InPrivate in Microsoft Edge

 

Safari: Private (macOS High Sierra)

  1. Choose File
  2. Select New Private Window

Source: Review Apple's Safari Help page, Browse Privately

 

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Details

Article ID: 50669
Created
Wed 3/21/18 9:10 AM
Modified
Mon 7/13/20 12:34 PM
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