Web browsers keep records of the user’s cookies, sessions, history and cache. These are beneficial especially when going back to your previous visited sites. However these can also be risky due to hackers as they steal the individual’s information. This threat can be prevented by using via private browsing.
Very few users are aware that private browsing exists or that there is something such as private browsing. Private browsing allows user to surf the net anonymously and will not leave any traces of their cookies, sessions, history or cache. This may be a good thing if your one of those that are very concusses about the internet and want to take extra care to prevent your details from being leaked out.
It might not be helpful in remembering visited sites, but this is favorable for users who give high importance to their information. It will prevent web servers and publishers to track users.
There are disadvantages in using the private browsing, for example not being able to retain previous sites details, it can also slow down viewing downloads since there are no cache and downloads being saved. Also the individual needs to repeat typing URL on the address bar since no history is being recorded. On the other hand as a theory says, “The higher the security, the lower the functionality”. It is always the user’s choice of whether to be extra careful with information or just browse the net in a more casual way.
Most browsers in high competitions already have private browsing option, as you can see below:
1. Firefox– 44.1 % of internet users as of 2010. To use private browsing, go to “Tools”, click “Start Private Browsing”. See reference image below:
2. Internet Explorer– 29.7% of internet users as of 2010. To use private browsing, go to “Tools”, click “InPrivate Browsing”. See reference image below:
3. Google Chrome– 19.2% of internet users as of 2010. To use private browsing, go to “Tools Icon”, click “New incognito window”. See reference image below:
3. Safari– 3.9% of internet users as of 2010. To use private browsing, go to “Tools Icon”, click “Private Browsing”. See reference image below: