How to go incognito

You probably don’t want all of your browsing activity to be stored and connected to you. Many might wonder why you would want to surf privately if you don’t have anything to hide? You might not have anything to hide, but you have everything to protect.

When in incognito mode, your browser won’t retain cookies, cache or other browsing data set during your browsing session after you have closed your browser. 

Going incognito on Chrome

You can toggle the incognito mode on in Chrome by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N (Cmd + Shift + N, if you are on a Mac). Alternately, you can go to the File menu and select “New Incognito Window”. A new browser window will open with the Incognito symbol shown on the toolbar.

Going incognito on Firefox

The incognito mode on Firefox is called Private Browsing. You can toggle it by pressing Ctrl + Shift + P (Cmd + Shift + P on a Mac). You can also go to the File menu and select New Private Window. A new browser window will open with the Private mode symbol shown on the tab bar. It will also have a different color scheme.

Going incognito on Safari

The incognito mode on Safari is called Private Browsing. You can toggle it by pressing Cmd + Shift + P on a Mac. You can also go to the File menu and select New Private Window. A new browser window will open. You can recognize the window by the dark color scheme in the address bar.

Going incognito on Edge or Internet Explorer

The incognito mode on Edge and Internet Explorer is called InPrivate Browsing. You can toggle it by pressing Ctrl + Shift + P. On Edge, you can also go to the Settings and More menu and select New InPrivate Window. A new browser window will open and it will have the InPrivate mode text shown on the top left of the browser window.

Now you’re in incognito mode, but not anonymous yet

Despite the name, incognito mode isn’t enough for being truly incognito as it doesn’t make you invisible on the web. It just means there will be no trace left on the device you are using.

When you browse the web, all your activity can be tracked by whoever is providing your internet connection. If they want, they can see every single site you connect to. That is not all – there’s more. The site you are connecting to sees your IP address which can be used to identify you and where you are, often with surprising accuracy.

There is a way to really go incognito

You don’t need to worry, because there is a way to be truly incognito. You can be anonymous when you use a VPN such as F-Secure FREEDOME VPN

When you turn on FREEDOME, your traffic gets encrypted and the sites you are connecting to don’t see your real IP address anymore, so they can’t identify you with that or can’t see your real location. 

So if you want to be incognito, get a VPN and browse away.

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