Launch a private browser window

Issue/Question

  • 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

 

Firefox: Private Browsing

  1. Click Settings
  2. Select New Private Window

 

Internet Explorer: InPrivate (Windows 10)

  1. Right-click the Internet Explorer icon in the taskbar
  2. Select Start InPrivate Browsing

 

Microsoft Edge: InPrivate (Windows 10)

  1. Click the More link (three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner)
  2. Select New InPrivate Window

 

Safari: Private (macOS High Sierra)

  1. Choose File
  2. Select New Private Window

 

Notes

  • Use Miami's Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network (VPN) for improved privacy protection
  • Any files downloaded or bookmarks created during a private browsing session will stay on your computer after you close your window — you will have to delete them manually
  • Assume that your browsing activities are never completely private
    • Private browsing will not prevent routers, firewalls, or proxy servers from tracking your activities

 

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Article ID: 50669
Created
Wed 3/21/18 9:10 AM
Modified
Wed 10/17/18 12:36 PM
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