Anyone who has ever used a computer to browse
the Internet before has run into the problem of wanting, or needing, to look at something,
but not wanting someone else to be able to see what you viewed. This may be for the obvious
reason of looking at porn online without getting caught by your significant other, but it may
also be for the far less obvious reason of looking for a Christmas or birthday present
without the recipient finding out. To get around this problem many people delete their
browsing history and temporary Internet files after they browse the net. This accomplishes
the goal, but all history information is gone making it obvious someone is trying to hide
something. Internet Explorer, as well as other web browsers, offer a private browser option.
Microsoft calls it’s version of this in Internet Explorer “InPrivate Browsing”.
“InPrivate Browsing” protects your online privacy by NOT STORING your browsing history,
temporary Internet files, form data, cookies, and user name and password data. You can start
“InPrivate Browsing” in several different ways. We’ll cover a few of them here. First
let’s open a new “Internet Explorer” window. Option one. With the “Internet Explorer”
window as the select current window, we can press a keyboard combination. A keyboard combination
is a set of two or more keys that are pressed together at the same time to perform a function
on your computer. The keyboard combination here to open InPrivate Browsing is “CTRL”
+ “SHIFT” + “P”. You press these all at the same time. We can see that as soon
as the keyboard shortcut is pressed a new Internet Explorer window opens. In the Internet
Explorer pane it shows “InPrivate is turned on”. It will also have a blue box with white
lettering showing “InPrivate” to the left of the “Address Bar”. This is how you
can tell you are using “InPrivate Browsing”. The second way we will cover opening an InPrivate
Browsing session is through a new browser tab. We can click the “New Tab” button,
or use the “CTRL” + “T” keyboard shortcut to open a new tab. As many of you probably
used used before there are the 10 standard tile links for “Your most popular sites”.
What many probably didn’t notice was the link below these tiles for “InPrivate Browsing”.
Let’s click this link. It will again open a new Internet Explorer window with “InPrivate
Browsing” turned on. The last way that we’re going to cover opening an InPrivate Browsing
session is the method I always use, but this will require that you have Windows 7. You
need to have Internet Explorer pinned to the QuickStart Bar. The icons just to the right
of the “Start” menu are the QuickStart ites. If you don’t have Internet Explorer
here you can just drag it from the desktop or Start menu to the QuickStart Bar. To open
a new InPrivate Browsing session, right-click on the Internet Explorer icon in the QuickStart
Bar, and then select “Start InPrivate Browsing”. Let’s see what happens if we go to a web
page without using InPrivate Browsing. If we go to the “Address Bar” and start to
type in a web address it will attempt to auto complete it if we have gone there before.
For instance. We have already been to JAGTutorials.com in this browser so when we start to type it,
it will attempt to auto-complete it. We have not been to the weather.com website so if
we type this in, it will not attempt to auto-complete. This is often a way that others can tell where
you have been. You can also click the drop down arrow here to see some of the previously
visited sites. The only one that’s been here since I last cleaned the browser history
is JAGTutorials.com , which is why this is the only one showing up here. Now let’s
go to weather.com Once that loads, now let’s open a new browser tab, and we’ll start
typing in weather.com in the address bar. We can see that weather.com comes right up.
Now let’s go through the same test we just did, but this time we’ll use InPrivate Browsing.
We’ll click the “New Tab” button, and then select the “InPrivate Browsing” button.
Let’s go to another site we haven’t gone to before on this computer like CNN.com Let’s
close out this InPrivate Browsing window, and open a new normal Internet Explorer window.
Now, In the address bar we’ll start to type in CNN.com, and we’ll see that it does not
remember that we were just there, and that’s because it was in the InPrivate Browsing session.
This was just an example of the browsing history not being remembered, but it keeps all other
information private as well. You should now have a good understanding of what InPrivate
Browsing is, and how to use it to browse the Internet while keeping the session information