Using Private Browsing

No browser offers private browsing from the get go. Sure, they offer private browsing – no matter what they call it – but you have to manually activate it to take advantage of the feature. We’ll show you how to enable private browsing mode in each of the major browsers so you can privately browse from the start.

Chrome

“Right-click” on your Chrome shortcut whether it’s on the desktop, in your taskbar or in your Start Menu.

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Click “Properties.”

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Then, click on “Shortcut.”

In the Target box, you want to add “-incognito” without the quotations marks outside the quotations for the link.

Click “Apply,” then “OK.”

Now, every time you click that shortcut for Chrome, it’ll open in incognito mode.

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Keep in mind you will have to do this for each shortcut, and that fact applies to every browser you tweak the shortcut for to enable private browsing on startup.

 

Firefox

Open Firefox like you normally would and open the “Firefox menu.”

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Then, click “Options” twice.

Open the “Privacy” settings tab.

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Change Firefox will: to “Never remember history.”

Now, Firefox will always open in private browsing mode. However, it won’t look like it when you use it.

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If you open the “Firefox Menu” again, you will see “Stop Private Browsing” is grayed out and can’t be turned off.

The only way to turn it off is to reverse the steps above.

 

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer’s steps are similar to Chrome’s.

“Right-click” the shortcut for IE no matter where it is and click “Properties.”

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Then, click “Shortcut.”

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At the end of the Target location: box, outside the quotations, type “-private” without the quotations.

Click “Apply,” then “OK” and then open IE once more.

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InPrivate browsing will now always be started up with IE. Remember to follow the steps for each IE shortcut for maximum effect.

 

Opera

Similar to the Chrome and IE steps, “Right-click” the shortcut for Opera.

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Click “Properties.”

Make sure you click “Shortcut.”

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Then, type “-newprivatetab” without the quotation marks outside the Target: quote.

Click “Apply,” then “OK.”

Now, click the shortcut to open an Opera private tab.

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Again, don’t forget to do this for every Opera shortcut.

 

Safari

Unfortunately, Safari doesn’t allow you to manually set private browsing by default. Some users have come up with creative ways to write scripts and tweak code, but by the next Safari update, they often glitch or don’t work at all. Will Safari every allow private browsing to start from the get go? Only time will tell.

 

What good is private browsing, anyway?

Private browsing is an effective way to protect your tracks online. While most browsers offer this feature, it’s never turned on by default and that’s where our guide comes in handy. However, none of the developers behind these browsers enables this for startup. Our steps are easy and can secure you no matter what you do online.