Internet search histories have gotten more than a few people in trouble in recent decades, and browsers eventually got wise to the fact that users preferred to keep some aspects of their digital lives as private as possible; that’s why incognito browsing was invented, and using it is as simple as a few clicks.
Browsing Without Embarrassment
Incognito or private browsing is a handy function that essentially just allows users to surf the web without accruing a browsing history, taking on cookies, or appearing as if they’ve visited a site at all once incognito mode is exited. For example, if you click on a link in incognito mode, it won’t appear purple later on.
Your Internet provider will still be able to see all of the sites that you’ve visited, but no one looking through your device will. Though it gets a bad reputation as only being used for nefarious reasons, there are plenty of legitimate excuses for wanting to go dark. Here’s how you can browse without leaving a trail of history.
Just A Few Clicks Away
Plenty of different browsers have some version of the incognito function, and enabling it is similar on all of them.
On Google Chrome, for example, all you have to do is click File then New Incognito Window to start browsing privately. That’s it—then you’re free to do whatever it is you want.
This could mean buying your spouse a present they’ll never see coming, searching for airfare without collecting cookies (as this contributes to higher prices), or doing virtually anything else online with a fair amount of privacy.
Don’t let fear of perception keep you from using the Internet to the fullest, simply enlist the help of incognito mode.