How do I set my browser to Incognito or Private mode?

Note: While in Private or Incognito mode, none of your browsing history is stored to your computer. However, this does not mean you are anonymous on the Internet. Each page that you visit still recognizes your IP address. If someone had the ability to view your IP address history for legal purposes, an ISP, website, and even a search engine server log could be used to track you.

Select your browser from the list below and follow the steps to enable Private browsing.

Internet Explorer users
Google Chrome users
Firefox users
Opera users
Safari users
Chrome users (Android devices)
Safari users (iPad or iPhone)

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer users

  1. Open the Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Press the Ctrl + Shift + P keys at the same time.

or

  1. Open the Internet Explorer browser.
  2. On the upper right-hand portion of the browser window, click Tools IE Tools Icon .
  3. Move the mouse cursor over the Safety drop down menu.
  4. Click InPrivate Browsing.

Tip: To leave InPrivate Mode, simply close the private window or re-open your Internet Explorer browser.

Google ChromeChrome users

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Press the Ctrl + Shift + N keys at the same time.

or

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the Wrench Chrome wrench icon or Menu Chrome Menu button icon in the top right corner.
  3. Click New incognito window.

Tip: To leave Incognito Mode, simply close the incognito window or re-open your Google Chrome browser.

FirefoxFirefox users

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Press the Ctrl + Shift + P keys at the same time.

or

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Click Menu Firefox Menu in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.
  3. Select New Private Window.

Tip: To leave Private Mode, simply close the private window or re-open your Firefox browser.

OperaOpera users

  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. Press the Ctrl + Shift + N keys at the same time.

or

  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. Click the Opera button button in the upper left-hand corner of the window.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select New private window.

Tip: To leave Private Mode, simply close the private window or re-open your Opera browser.

SafariSafari users

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Click the Gear Safari Gear located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.
  3. Select Private Browsing... from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click OK.

Tip: To leave Private Browsing, simply repeat steps 2-4 listed above.

Google ChromeChrome users (Android devices)

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Tap the Menu icon or option (looks like three dots on some devices, other devices may have different icon).
  3. Tap the New Incognito tab option in the Menu.

Tip: To leave Incognito mode, simply close the incognito tab.

SafariSafari users (iPad and iPhone)

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Tap the New tab icon Safari New Tab to open a new tab in the browser.
  3. Tap the Private option.

For iOS 7 or earlier, follow the steps below instead.

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Tap the New tab icon Safari New Tab to open a new tab in the browser.
  3. Tap the Private option.

Tip: To leave Private Browsing, simply repeat steps 2-3 listed above.

Additional information

  • See the Incognito definition for further information and related links.