All the recognized browsers such as Mozilla, Chrome, and Safari have made protection of users’ privacy their top priority. All these browsers keep on improving with time, and also keep on introducing new features. Private browsing or incognito modes aren’t new features for any of the mentioned browsers, but yet they are regarded as one of the best features ever.
Private browsing can be advantageous for users who do not want to leave any footprints of their online web history. For example, a user wants to shop online and do not want anyone to know what he/she has bought. He/she can easily hide it via a private browsing feature. Safari is Apple’ default browser and it allows the users to surf the web without leaving any record of browser history, cache, logins, searches, or passwords.
All in all, Private browsing is a great feature if it is used for the right purpose. It can prove to be a dangerous tool for the kids as it will not let allow the parents to keep a check of what their kids are searching on the internet. Turning on private browsing in Safari is quite a straightforward procedure. You don’t need to be a tech-savvy person in order to switch the private browsing on and off. Here is a step by step guide,
1. Locate the option Safari on your home screen. You will be able to find in on the bottom of your home screen. Once found, simply tap on it.
2. Safari will open a normal browsing tab for you to surf the internet.
3. In order to switch to Private Browsing Mode, tap on the bottom right corner of your browser. This would be an icon with two squares.
4. Upon tapping, two new options will appear on the bottom of your screen. One of them would be the option Private and the other one would be Done.
5. Tap on the option Private followed by a tap on the option Done.
6. Your screen will tell you that now you are in a Private Browsing Mode.
Once you are in the private mode, all your searches will not be registered in Safari’ web history. You can make sure that by checking it in Safari’ web history. First, search 4-5 different websites for testing purpose, now close down all these taps and switch back to the normal mode (private browsing off). You can do that by:
7. Tap on the icon with two squares at the bottom right corner of your screen.
8. Then tap on the option Private again. This time the option Private would be highlighted suggesting that you are in private browsing mode.
9. Tap Done.
10. Now locate the icon looking like a book just beside the icon of two squares.
11. Your web history will pop up. Check if the sites you visited in private browsing history are available in the record or not. You won’t be able to find them if you had executed the private browsing perfectly.
Turning Private Browsing in Safari was just as simple as that. However, there is a tricky part about which you should be careful. Once your work is complete in private browsing, you will close all the tabs on private browsing by swiping each tab towards the left side.
Once done, do not forget to switch to normal browsing mode before going back to the home screen. If you do, then the tabs you opened in private browsing will relaunch when you open the Safari browser again. This wasn’t the case in earlier iOS, but now users have to be careful with it.
Additionally, you also need to understand that private browsing doesn’t hide your IP address. Also, the websites you visit, and the servers on which they are based can still monitor your web surfing activities.
Private browsing protects your history from the people who have access to your device but not from the people who are behind the screen monitoring the workflow. Make sure that you always use private browsing feature with full responsibility.