Private browsing is when you tell your internet browser not to save any history, cookies or temporary files for one session. A session is the time you spend on a website each time you visit. It covers your tracks whilst you browse instead of you having to delete everything afterwards.
Use it if you want to visit websites like ours or Young Minds, Childline in private but don't have the time, or often forget to delete your history afterwards.
In Google Chrome private browsing is called 'Incognito mode'
- Click the spanner icon on the browser toolbar.
- Select 'New incognito window' from the list or use Ctrl+Shift+N on your keyboard.
- A new window will open with a 'secret agent' icon in the corner. You can continue browsing as normal in this new window.
- Once you have finished your session, close the window and this will automatically erase any browsing information.
- Before your visit, click on 'Tools' in the menu bar.
- Select 'Start Private Browsing' from the list.
You can also do this quickly by typing Ctrl+Shift+P together on your keyboard. To stop Private Browsing, select 'Tools' again and then 'Stop Private Browsing' or typing Ctrl + Shift + P again.
Internet Explorer 8 and 9
- Click on the cog icon on the browser toolbar.
- Select 'Safety' then click on 'InPrivate Browsing'. You can also do this by clicking Ctrl+Shift+P on your keyboard.
- A new window will open with an 'InPrivate' indicator. You can continue browsing as normal in this new window. Make sure to visit our website in this window if you want to hide your visit.
- Once you have finished your session, close the window and this will automatically delete any browsing information.