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How to keep your Internet Explorer browsing activity secret

InPrivate ensures history, temporary files, form data, cookies, and user names and passwords are all protected.

If you share one computer with the family or flatmates you may want to keep what you browse to yourself. There are lots of reasons for this. If you’re researching Christmas presents for the family you don’t want them logging on and looking through your history to see what they can expect on the 25th of December. Similarly, there are sites that you might browse that aren’t suitable for younger kids and you’d like some way of making sure they can’t accidentally end up on a site intended for a more mature audience.

Happily, in Internet Explorer there is a mode that allows you to do just this. InPrivate Browsing is, as the name suggests a way of keeping your browsing completely secret. InPrivate ensures history, temporary files, form data, cookies, and user names and passwords are all protected.

One of the best things about InPrivate browsing mode is that you can get to it really quickly. You launch InPrivate mode from the Safety Menu or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P. You‘ll notice that a new window opens and the address bar changes to show InPrivate so you are sure the session isn’t being recorded. To end your InPrivate browsing simply close the window.

With InPrivate browsing activated you won’t have to worry about others finding out what you’ve been browsing online. However, there’s an additional benefit in that your activity won’t be tracked by the websites you visit either. This means you can use InPrivate Browsing when you’re using a PC in, say, an internet café and not have to worry that all your data is being recorded and saved. You can happily log in to your email accounts and other sites that need a password and never have to worry that traces have been left behind. InPrivate Browsing is a great feature that genuinely can protect you and your privacy.

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