Private Browsing is a Little Known Safari Feature in Mac OS X

Feb 9, 2007 - 3 Comments

Safari icon Here’s a very useful feature that is widely overlooked by Mac Safari users, the ability to enable Private Browsing. What does that mean exactly? Basically it allows you to browse the web without a trace; nothing is added to the history, autofill, downloads window, and no information about what you are viewing or reading on the web is saved or cached. This is extraordinarily useful for many situations, particularly if you are on a public computer and you’re doing anything private, say checking your email or bank balance.

Enabling Private Browsing in Safari on the Mac is extremely easy:

  • Go to the Safari menu and scroll down to Private Browsing

A confirmation window will now appear and clarify if you’d like to enable private browsing, listing what it does and doesn’t allow. Click OK and you’re good private and good to go.

Never use a public Mac without it!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Security, Tips & Tricks


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  1. anon says:

    Yes but cookies are still saved so always log out of sites, clean the cookies, and Exit out of the application. Many public computing facilities do these things automatically in their kiosk mode. Remember that this private browsing does not hide your external IP address to the world – so browse like yo’ momma’s watching!

  2. matt says:

    cmon, we all know that it should really be named to “Porn Browsing”. Checking your bank balance, pawshaw!

  3. mstar says:

    So i cant look at porn on my university’s server shit

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