Nathan Gaidai
Nathan Gaidai
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Private Browsers: Why Everyone Should Use Them

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Every day you use web browsers for different reasons and no matter which one you choose it stores your activities, the passwords that you used, the sites that you visited, and also the cookies that track your activity.

The positive thing in that is that you can visit a page that you have visited a few days before or if you do not remember some login details, but if someone has access to your device and uses it after you then you can be easily exposed.


What are private browsers?

When using any browser your most private activities will be out for everyone to see. In that case, you can use private browsing that doesn’t record the information that is exposed which is also called incognito mode in Chrome and InPrivate Browsing in Edge. 

This can be useful when you use a public computer because when you close the window you are immediately logged out of every account that you used. Also, private browsing stops the cookies that are usually stored on your computer. 

In private browsing, the content that you are consuming is not going to be used on you by marketing companies like when you use normal browsing you get for example on Facebook a lot of highly targeted ads based on the pages that you have visited in the past and with private browsing you are prevented from that. 

Another benefit is that you can log into two different accounts at the same time if you need to. 


Google Chrome

As it is said above, private browsing in Google Chrome is called Incognito Mode, and you can easily use it if you look for the “secret agent” icon on the top left corner of the window and just simply click it. 

Then you will be given a big, bold new tab page when you open an incognito window. 

So in this mode, the only thing that you should be aware of are the files that you download on your computer while using Incognito Mode, it won’t remember what files you downloaded but they can be seen where you downloaded them and you have to delete them manually, that goes for bookmarks too.

Other than that you are safe with everything, Chrome will not remember the pages you have visited, the data you enter into forms, or any searches you submit. 


Internet Explorer & Edge

Internet Explorer and Edge calls private browsing InPrivate browsing. So almost the same things apply to this one as well, internet files that are temporary like browsing history, cookies, and form data are not saved.

Only downloaded files and bookmarks are there even after you close the InPrivate window. Also, any third-party toolbars that you installed when you started an InPrivate browsing session will be disabled by Microsoft. 



On the private browser of Mozilla Firefox, you will get a clear explanation of what it does and doesn’t do. But it is also very similar to the other ones, it lines up with Chrome, IE, and Edge. Browsing, search history, and cookies will not be saved; downloads and bookmarks are saved.

Here the difference in this one is that Mozilla also gives you an additional setting that can make Private Browsing a little more private. By that, it means it has tracking protection. Turn it on and Firefox will try to stop sites from collecting your data from your browsing activities.



Private browsing mode in Safari also deletes your temporary files when you close the window. Browsing history, form data, and cookies are immediately deleted by default.  



Opera’s private browsing is offering us a truly unique feature and that is what makes Opera’s private browsing mode noteworthy. In this case, you can add another layer of secrecy to your browsing activities by turning on a VPN connection.

After all, that is not a VPN solution that is bulletproof and it still doesn’t make your activities private but it provides additional protection for sure. Beyond the VPN this private mode works like Chrome’s but with the VPN it is a little bit better than Chrome.


The benefits of private browsing mode 

Here we can see what are the true advantages of using private mode


1. Here you are free of very annoying advertisements 

When you search for something online, later you can see that your searches generate paid advertisements based on your recent activity, for example, you might see the same mobile phone that you looked at yesterday advertised on the sidebar on your Facebook page the following day.

 So if you want just to scroll it can be not very pleasant when you see ads popping up everywhere. This is not a problem with private browsing because your searches are not stored and you won’t be bothered.


2. Private browsing is ideal when using shared devices

If you do not have a battery on your phone and you urgently need to check your email you can borrow the device from your friend but you do not want your details to be stored on a device that is not yours.

 By using private browsing you are avoiding those kinds of problems so you can be comfortable borrowing any device to log on to your accounts because it is very handy and helpful in some cases.

 You can be trying a new iPad in the store and you want to log into your accounts or maybe you need to use the library computer to finish an assignment, private browsing ensures none of your details, like usernames and passwords, are left for anyone to use once you have finished. That is why incognito mode is beneficial…


3. Separating your private and work life 

Probably no one uses your computer at your workplace but it is always a good idea to be careful and keep your private searches private.

 So maybe on your lunch break, you will go on your Instagram page and set a date with your loved one or maybe you will need to check with your doctor about the health issues you don’t want anyone to see that and you don’t want your private Google searches to be transferred to your work Google searches so they might fall into the wrong hands if seen by another member of your team. 


The drawbacks of private browsing 

Private browsing mode is very helpful in many cases but it also has some drawbacks – with the first being that it can never be fully private…


1. You better have a good memory

The point of private browsing is that once you’ve exited the page it is gone forever.

So you must remember everything that you searched for because you will forget the pieces of information after you close the page and that can be a problem if you work on something more complicated than just searching or scrolling, you will lose all of the information and then you must redo it.

2. Be careful with your passwords 

Usually, we are used to having our passwords remembered by the browsers and we often forget that kind of information.

Private browsing does not save passwords and with that being known we have to be careful and not get in a situation where we should log into some of our accounts where we have to check or finish something quickly and we do not know the password of our account. 


3. Files you download will still be saved

As said before your browsing history will be deleted after you close the browser but the files that you downloaded while using private mode will still be visible on your desktop for anyone to see.

For example, if you download some images or any kind of files while you are using a private mode, those images will be on your desktop after you finish your work so this can be a drawback of using a private mode. 


So Why Use Private Browsing Mode?

There are many good reasons why you should use private browsing. If you are trying to surprise someone with a gift that you should order online, it would be very easy to keep your activities private. You can also log into multiple bank accounts, social networks, or emails at the same time. 

Using a computer in a hotel lobby or library to access your accounts would be so much safer than using private browsing. Or even when you use private browsing to just log into your Facebook account for entertainment it is beneficial because your activities will vanish when you close the window.

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