5 - Browsing the web

A lot of the advice in here will not make sense if you are not web-savvy. So, if you do not understand the advice in this section, we advise you follow the other instructions in this guide and then revisit this part.

The simplest tip from this section is to browse in **incognito** mode through Chrome, Firefox or Tor.

Some browsers, such as Chrome, track analytics (data about your internet usage); your searches, which sites you visit, how long you spend on that site.

Privacy mode, "private browsing" or "incognito mode" is a privacy feature in some web browsers to disable browsing history and the web cache.

This allows a person to browse the internet without storing local data that could be retrieved at a later date. Privacy mode will also disable the storage of data in cookies and Flash cookies. This privacy protection only applies to the local computing device ( it is still possible to identify frequented websites by associating the IP address at the web server).[2]

In incognito mode

Google Chrome on a Computer:

  1. Open a Chrome window.

  2. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu.

  3. Select New Incognito Window.

  4. A window will open with a gray figure in the top-right corner.

  5. To close incognito mode, go to the corner of each of your incognito windows and click the X.

Incognito mode isn't available if the account is a part of Windows 10's "Family Mode".

Tip: You can also press Ctrl + Shift + N (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) and ⌘ - Shift - N (Mac) to open an incognito window.

For mobiles and tablets, follow the same instructions by finding to expand the menu.

Note: Your iPhone or iPad might store information about some websites you visit in incognito mode, even though Google Chrome doesn't. This is because regular and incognito mode tabs share HTML5 local storage in iOS devices. HTML5 websites can get this information about your visit in this storage area.

You can switch between an incognito window and any regular windows you have open. You'll only be in incognito mode when you're using the incognito window.

How to browse incognito on all other browsers

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