Tech Tip of the Week: Automatically Start Your Browser in 'Private' Mode

By Jos ยท 7 replies
Jun 17, 2010
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  1. We covered the state of online privacy in a recent mini-series, outlining particulars about covering your tracks on services like Facebook, search engines, and even torrents. Adding to those articles, we thought it'd be handy to provide a short tip explaining how you can automatically start today's most popular browsers in private mode.

    This week's tip: Automatically Start Your Browser in 'Private' Mode

    Please leave your feedback here.
  2. Reloader2

    Reloader2 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    [sarcasm] I wonder why someone would start a browser in private mode... [/sarcasm]
  3. Internet Explorer 8 also has a shortcut to launch in InPrivate Browsing mode from its jumplist. I'd rather use that than modify the shortcut.

    Still, at my office we share a PC in the kitchen for personal use but it uses XP. I think I might change the shortcut on that to help other people protect there privacy.
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    Thanks for the note guest, I've added that to the tip.
  5. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    For chrome users, remember that while in the new release, some of your add-ons will work, they also put you out of private browsing.

    Also, Firefox doesn't save any open tabs. So if you're in private mode and have some tabs open that you want to view the next time you launch firefox...too bad, lol.

    Also, I though I had read somewhere that going into private browsing mode doesn't really keep what you do private, it just doesn't store your information for someone else to see who gets on after you do. I use HotSpot Shield for keeping my business private, and when I REALLY want make sure what i'm doing is private (checking bank account, visiting, I mean, certain sites...) then I open up and use Tor Browser.
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    @matrix86, that is correct, here we are dealing with a local privacy mode for browsers, for more in-depth Web privacy controls that go beyond your local storage check out our managing your privacy series (also linked from this article on the intro paragraphs).
  7. What annoys me is that privacy is something i must
    fight for at every corner. It's not the default.
  8. dextermat

    dextermat TS Rookie

    This is all nice but people must know that it's still not 100% private:

    For sure people can't see easily what you brows Directly in the browser.

    Buy you still leave you ip adress on the website, you still gather up cookies.
    People must know that you ip adress is related to your Internet provider and therefore government, FBI, police will still have access to that.

    So Pedophiles, racism, pirates, illegals downloads can still be traced. Unless other means are used

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