Private browsing is a useful feature that allows you to browse the internet without leaving any trace of your activities on your Mac. Whether you want to keep your browsing habits private or simply want to prevent websites from tracking your activity, turning on private browsing on your Mac is a simple and effective solution. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to enable private browsing on your Mac using Safari, the default web browser.
Step 1: Launch Safari
To begin, open Safari by clicking on its icon in the Dock or by searching for it using Spotlight.
Step 2: Access the Menu Bar
Once Safari is open, navigate to the top left corner of your screen and locate the menu bar. Click on “Safari” to access a drop-down menu.
Step 3: Enable Private Browsing
In the drop-down menu, click on “Preferences.” Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Command + ,” (comma) to directly access Safari preferences.
Step 4: Open Privacy Settings
Within the Preferences window, select the “Privacy” tab located at the top of the window. This tab contains various privacy settings for Safari.
Step 5: Enable Private Browsing Mode
In the Privacy tab, locate and click on the checkbox next to “Prevent cross-site tracking” and “Ask websites not to track me.” These options enhance privacy protection while using private browsing mode.
Note: Enabling these options prevents websites from tracking your activity even when you are not in private browsing mode.
Step 6: Start Private Browsing
Now that you have configured your privacy settings, it’s time to activate private browsing mode. Return to the main Safari window and click on “File” in the menu bar at the top left corner of your screen.
Step 7: Open a New Private Window
In the drop-down menu, click on “New Private Window.” Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Shift + Command + N” to open a new private browsing window.
Step 8: Confirm Private Browsing Mode
A new window will open, indicating that you are now in private browsing mode. You can identify private browsing windows by the dark gray Smart Search field at the top of the window.
- To close a private browsing window, simply click on the “X” icon in the top left corner of the window or use the keyboard shortcut “Command + W”.
- If you want to reopen a closed private browsing window, go to the “History” menu in Safari’s menu bar and select “Reopen Closed Window”.
- Remember that private browsing does not make you completely anonymous online. It only prevents your browsing history from being saved on your Mac and blocks some tracking mechanisms used by websites.
Enabling private browsing on your Mac using Safari is a straightforward process. By following these simple steps, you can browse websites without leaving any traces behind.
Remember to always use caution while browsing online and consider additional privacy measures if necessary. Stay safe and enjoy your private browsing experience!