what is private browsing? what does it do?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sportsfan1234, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    im a newb. what is private browsing on my MBP and what does it do ? i read on a webpage that your computer is still being tracked and you need to flush the cache in the terminal to make it actually clear everything....can anyone explain this to me???
     
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    Private Browsing allows you to browse the Web and nothing gets stored on your computer.
     
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  5. macrumors regular

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    Private browsing is a feature you can turn on when you don't want your family seeing what you are viewing online, like at christmas time when you want to get a nice christmas present and don't want anyone to see what you bought them. :D :D :D
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    so you can watch all the porn you want, but then when your mom or friend borrows your computer they wont see your recent sites. and you wont be embarrassed.
     
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    ...but, it doesn't mean your surfing history isn't saved by your ISP or even Google.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Safari keeps miniature screenshots of the pages you visit even in private mode.

    Go to Finder>Library>Caches>com.apple.Safari>Webpage Previews and have a look.

    My sneaky ex-girlfriend used to "visit" my mac when I was not home and I got embarrassed once.
    However that was a year ago, maybe this has been corrected since (I don't feel like doing some testing now, since that day I've only been using Chrome's private mode...).
     
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    kappaknight

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    Is there a difference between using Safari vs. Chrome for this?
     
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    yes, plain and simple.
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    I checked but didn't find anything similar with Chrome. Maybe I didn't look hard enough though.
     
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    Within Chrome you need to open an incognito window ;)
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    Read whole thread.
     
  15. macrumors member

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    what has been seen by your MBP cant be unseen... so might as well enjoy it and have a tissue close by... lol!!!:D
     

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