Privacy and Security in Safari

Learn about Safari privacy and Safari security in this free lesson.

Private browsing

For added privacy, Safari also offers private browsing, which allows you to browse the web without recording your history or storing cookies. This is a great way to keep your browsing history secret when planning a party or buying a gift for someone who shares your computer.

To create a private window:

  1. Click File, then select New Private Window.
  2. A private browsing window will appear, which you'll use just like a regular Safari window. Note the dark gray Smart Search field, which confirms that you are in private browsing mode.

Private browsing does not make Safari more secure—it only stops Safari from saving history and cookies for that session. Don't use a private window to view any websites you wouldn't feel safe viewing in a regular Safari window.