Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How to enable private browsing in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox

When you use the internet in a common area where you share a computer such as Library, Student internet cafe, public internet cafe, in your office, or just your own laptop computer borrowed by someone else, chances are they are able to track which websites you visited, what materials or topics you have surfed on the web. Not all things you want them to be open to the public. Some things are worthwhile keeping it private or secret. Examples are online bank transactions, credit card transactions, and online shopping where you don't want the public to discover your credit card number, bank card number, account number and other sensitive personal information. There are a number of reasons why you would want to keep your browsing privacy and keep your surfing without a trace or a trail of footprint. With private browsing, you have some level of protection when you check your bank balance at work in the office or in an airport wi-fi network.

How to keep your privacy while surfing: Internet Explorer 8

1. Use InPrivate Browsing to surf the internet in private.
a. Click File -> New Tab -> Browse with InPrivate or Click the Safety button, and then click InPrivate Browsing.
b. Click Tools -> Internet Options -> Privacy -> put a check mark on 'Disable toolbars and extensions when InPrivate Browsing starts'.
c. Click Ok.

2. Delete your browsing history after browsing.
a. In the Internet Explorer toolbar, click Safety -> Delete Browsing History.
b. In Delete Browsing History, put a check mark on Preserve Favorites website data.
c. Put a check mark on Temporary Internet Files, Cookies, History, Form data, Passwords, InPrivate Filtering data.
d. Click Delete.

How to enable private browsing: Mozilla Firefox 9

1. Enable private browsing.
Click Tools -> Start Private Browsing -> Click Start Private Browsing.

2. Delete browsing history after surfing.
a. Click Tools -> Clear Recent History
b. Time Range to clear -> Everything
c. Put a check mark on Browsing and Download History, Form and Search History, Cookies, Cache, Active Logins,  and Site Preferences.
d. Click Clear Now.
e. To clear history when you close the Firefox browser, Click Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> Put a check on 'Clear history when Firefox closes'.

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