Launch a private browser window

Issue/Question

  • How do I open a private or incognito browser window?
  • How do I launch a private browser window?
  • How can avoid saving my cache, cookies, and history when browsing?
  • How can I log in to multiple email accounts at the same time?
  • How can I reduce the risk of signing in to my social media account on a shared computer?

Environment

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

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

 

Notes

 

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Details

Article ID: 50669
Created
Wed 3/21/18 9:10 AM
Modified
Wed 10/16/19 8:59 AM
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