Every major browser offers some type of private browsing mode:
- On Safari and Firefox, it’s called Private Browsing.
- On Google Chrome, it’s called Incognito Mode.
- On Internet Explorer, it’s called InPrivate.
These modes are designed to keep your online activity safe from prying eyes. Despite different names and companies, all private browsing modes work in the same manner.
This is what happens when you’re browsing in private mode:
- Webpages that are opened and files that are downloaded aren’t recorded in your browsing and download histories.
- All new cookies are deleted after you close the private browsing windows.
- Changes made to your bookmarks and general settings are saved.
When running a browser in private mode, every activity performed is kept separate from your main session, including your browser history, download lists, caches, forms, passwords, and other temporary files. When the window is closed, all information is erased and can’t be retrieved in a normal browser window or a private browser window.
There are many benefits to browsing in private mode, including:
- You can keep keep your surprises a secret, such as when shopping for a Christmas or birthday gift on a shared home computer.
- You can let your guests use your computer but ensure your browsing remains private.
- Your browsing history is erased when using a public computer.
- You can conduct online financial transactions in a secure manner.
How to Securely Conduct Online Financial Transactions
Online banking should be avoided whenever possible. However, there are times when it’s necessary. Private browsing offers a more secure way to do this. Private browsing is critical to ensure your security when performing online financial transactions. The following are a few tips to remember:
- Use private browsing to keep your financial data safe.
- Avoid all emails asking for account details. Your bank will never ask you for this type of information over email.
- Type in the web address instead of clicking a link to log into your bank.
- A secure link always has an S after http — “https://” and sometimes includes a small padlock icon in the address bar.
- Discuss online banking questions and/or concerns with your bank manager.
Stay informed about the risks associated with online banking and use proper security measures when conducting financial transactions online.
To learn more about private browsing mode, give us a call or send us an email. We can help you keep your data private while conducting financial transactions or using public computers.