Question on Browser

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gamegal, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. gamegal macrumors newbie

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    Often a friend will want to use my computer when I was just using it, so I'll give it to him/her, but I don't like the fact that my history and google searches, etc. can be seen. I tried downloading a separate browser, like Chrome, but the history is still synced between the two. Is there a way to have a completely different browser without having to log out and in to a guest user account?

    I know what I'm asking for is quite unusual though and thus unlikely.
     
  2. dakwar macrumors 6502

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    Having him/her use Safari in "Private Browsing" mode, or Chrome in "New Incognito Window" might work.
     
  3. gamegal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, but the history and searches still show... really "Private Browsing" is so the new web browsing won't save, I believe.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The only way to do what you want is to create a separate user account for your friend. That's why that capability exists.
    That doesn't keep the friend from accessing the OP's browser history.
     
  5. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Turn on the Guest account in system preferences. Enable the fast user switching menu and you should be set.
     
  6. gamegal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay I'll set up that other account -- maybe the guest account. Thanks a lot.
     
  7. Adomian macrumors newbie

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    Just have them use a browser you don't use. For instance, if you use Chrome, tell them to use Safari.

    PS: multiple instances of Google Chrome have linked history because all of that data is stored in your Library folder, not within the app itself.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That won't help. The other user can still open Safari and view the OP's history. The only way to accomplish what the OP wants is to set up a separate user account, as already suggested.
     

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