How to Open a Private Browser on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you concerned about your online privacy? Opening a private browser on your Mac is a great way to browse the web without leaving traces of your online activities.

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to open a private browser on Mac and ensure that your browsing history, cookies, and other data are not saved. Let’s get started!

Using Safari

If you are using Safari as your default browser on Mac, follow these simple steps to open a private browsing window:

  1. Launch Safari: Open Safari by clicking on its icon in the Dock or searching for it in Spotlight.
  2. Open Private Window: From the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on “File” and then select “New Private Window”. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + N.
  3. Start Browsing Privately: A new window will open with a dark background indicating that you are in private browsing mode. You can now browse the web without worrying about your browsing history being saved.

Using Google Chrome

If Google Chrome is your preferred browser, here’s how you can open a private browsing window:

  1. Launch Chrome: Open Chrome by clicking on its icon in the Dock or searching for it in Spotlight.
  2. Open New Incognito Window: From the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on “File” and then select “New Incognito Window”. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + N.
  3. Browse Privately: A new window with a detective icon in the top-left corner will appear. This indicates that you are now browsing in incognito mode, where your browsing history and cookies will not be saved.

Using Mozilla Firefox

If you prefer using Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps to open a private browsing window:

  1. Launch Firefox: Open Firefox by clicking on its icon in the Dock or searching for it in Spotlight.
  2. Open New Private Window: From the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on “File” and then select “New Private Window”. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + P.
  3. Browse Anonymously: A new window with a purple mask icon will appear. This indicates that you are now browsing privately, and your browsing history will not be saved.

Note:

In private browsing mode, while your browsing history is not saved locally on your Mac, it is important to remember that it does not make you completely anonymous online. Websites can still track your IP address and other information. To enhance your online privacy further, consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or other privacy tools.

Congratulations! You have learned how to open a private browser on Mac using Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Enjoy secure and private browsing!

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