What Is "private Browsing"?


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In most web browsers, private browsing is a way to browse the Internet without saving cookies, Web history or other information about the browsing session. As of 2014, web browsers that offer private browsing options include Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

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The first Web browser to offer private browsing was Apple Safari in 2005, which was included in the Mac OS X Tiger package. The feature is known by different names in different browsers, such as Incognito in Chrome, InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer and Private Browsing in most others. Private browsing does not remove identifiable information such as IP addresses and allows privacy only on the level of the user PC.

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