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

Note: While in Private or Incognito mode nothing 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. Therefore, if someone had the legal abilities to track you using your IP address an ISP, website, and even a search engine server log may contain your IP address, which could be tracked.

Follow the steps below for your browser to enable Private browsing while on the Internet.

Internet Explorer users
Google Chrome users
Firefox users

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer users

Keyboard Shortcut = Ctrl + Shift + P

or

  1. Click the Safety drop down menu.
  2. Click InPrivate Browsing.

How to get out of InPrivate mode

When you follow the above steps you are creating a new window for InPrivate. To get out of InPrivate close the InPrivate browser window and return to the original browser window. If you have closed that window you can re-open Internet Explorer to get back to normal.

Google ChromeChrome users

Keyboard Shortcut = Ctrl + Shift + N

or

  1. Click on the "wrench"  Chrome wrench icon or "Menu" Chrome Menu button icon in the top right corner.
  2. Click New Incognito Window.

How to get out of incognito mode

When you follow the above steps you are creating a new window for incognito. To get out of incognito close the incognito browser window and return to the original browser window. If you have closed that window you can re-open Chrome to get back to normal.

FirefoxFirefox users

Keyboard Shortcut = Ctrl + Shift + P

or

  1. Click Tools.
  2. Click Start Private Browsing.

How to get out of Private Browsing mode

When you follow the above steps you are creating a new window for Private Browsing. To get out of Private Browsing close the Private Browsing browser window and return to the original browser window. If you have closed that window you can re-open Firefox to get back to normal.

Additional information

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