When browsing privacy is an important consideration to make. Learn all about your browsing private mode options in this free lesson.
Chances are you're already familiar with your favorite Internet browser. You might use it to make purchases online, fill out forms, or even research personal interests. However, while you're surfing the Web you may not realize that it's possible your online activity is being seen by others. This is because your browser automatically saves a record of your browsing history, and many websites have the ability to track what you click on.
In this lesson, we'll talk about two options you can enable to increase privacy while browsing: private browsing and Do Not Track.
You may be wondering why you would need to browse in private. You could choose this option when you're shopping for a gift, researching a sensitive subject (like a personal medical topic), or using a public computer (like at a library). Basically, it makes sense to enable private browsing anytime you want to keep your browsing history confidential.
Private browsing only prevents your Internet browser from saving your browsing history. This means anyone else who uses your computer will not be able to see your online activity. Unfortunately, it doesn't guarantee security—your activity can still be tracked by websites. We'll talk more about tracking later in this lesson.
Private browsing is available for most Internet browsers. Here, we'll show you how to enable private browsing in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (for Mac computers).