what is private browsing? what does it do?

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  1. sportsfan1234
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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???
     
  2. celticpride678
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    Private Browsing allows you to browse the Web and nothing gets stored on your computer.
     
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  4. Locodice
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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
     
  5. iMackPro
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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.
     
  7. Kafka
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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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    Is there a difference between using Safari vs. Chrome for this?
     
  10. tcador
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    yes, plain and simple.
     
  11. Kafka
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    I checked but didn't find anything similar with Chrome. Maybe I didn't look hard enough though.
     
  12. stridemat
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    Within Chrome you need to open an incognito window ;)
     
  13. Kafka
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    Read whole thread.
     
  14. dslrjunky
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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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