Private Browsing With Safari

Learn about Safari's private browsing mode. It will prevent pages you visit from being recorded in your search history, and erase cookies when you are done. But it will not hide your activity from your employer or ISP. It can be useful in some situations.

Comments: 10 Responses to “Private Browsing With Safari”

    nick
    5 years ago

    Gary
    to open a new, private browsing window, do you mean I open a new window first then turn on private browsing, which would not affect the Safari window that’s already open? thx

      5 years ago

      Private browsing windows are a feature of Yosemite, but not in Mavericks or earlier. When you upgrade to Yosemite it will be a menu option under File.

    Thoughtful
    5 years ago

    I hoped private browsing would prevent follow-up sales pitches after a search. If it gets rid of cookies, won’t this help?

      5 years ago

      Yes, it will. But only if you use it, which is probably not convenient in some cases. You need to remember to turn it on, and then go to the site that you think does the follow-up ad, and then turn it off when you are done. But if you are logged into a site (Facebook, Google, etc) then it isn’t necessarily relying on cookies. So this would only work on a site that you aren’t a “member” of.

    Thoughtful
    5 years ago

    Such as Amazon, ebay? . If not, perhaps bps only useful ,as you say, for others sharing computer?

      5 years ago

      Right. Wouldn’t be useful on those usually, since you would be logged into your user account when at those sites.

    Pav
    5 years ago

    I use Private browsing on my iPad as the quickest way to close all Safari windows. Just switch to private browsing and then back again.

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