Here’s an easy way to make your browsing more secure. Google Chrome offers a private browsing option that allows you to browse without cookies or other tracking information. It’s especially useful if you happen to be using someone else’s PC or a PC at a library or work. First, it won’t store any of your info, but if you happen to be using a friend’s PC and head to Outlook.com to check your email, it won’t automatically log into your friend’s inbox. Let’s check out how to open private browsing in the most popular browsers.

For Google Chrome click the little 3-dot icon on the upper right and choose New Incognito window from the drop-down menu.

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A new window with a gray background will open.

 

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The incognito symbol will appear on the top left.

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Chrome won’t save the following information:

  • Your browsing history
  • Cookies and site data
  • Information entered in forms

Your activity might still be visible to:

  • Websites you visit
  • Your employer or school
  • Your internet service provider

Here’s how to do it using Chrome mobile on your phone or tablet. Open the app and tap the 3-button icon at the top-right.

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Choose New incognito window from the drop-down menu.

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Just as with the desktop version of the browser, you’ll see a gray background.

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You’ll see the incognito icon at the top-left of the browser.

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When you close the browser, you’ll leave incognito mode.