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If you browse the Internet on a shared computer like a home computer with family members or one at the kiosk or Internet cafe, you might want to keep your browsing history private. InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer 8 allows you to browse in private by preventing the storage of certain data on the PC you are using like Cookies, Browsing History, Temporary Files, any passwords that you type, addresses you enter, form data and queries. So to start InPrivate Browsing, we go to the Safety button.
First so, let's click Safety and choose Delete Browsing History, notice the shortcut, Ctrl+Shift+Delete will do that. And we'll make sure History, Cookies, Temporary Files are all selected. When we click Delete, we are starting with a fresh history. Now we'll turn-on InPrivate Browsing which actually does two things. We'll click Safety again. Move down to InPrivate Browsing, Ctrl+Shift+P as in InPrivate. It's the keyboard shortcut. This actually opens up a brand new window and you'll notice InPrivate appears in the Address bar and down below it's in information about InPrivate Browsing.
So up here where the address should appear, we've got highlighted text, we can type anything we want. Let's try lynda.com and press Enter. So that takes us to that website. Let's click again in the address field and let's try another one. Let's try ebay.com. So now we have gone to a couple of sites. Now typically we can view the history by going to Favorites, and then clicking the History tab. Notice there is no history. Nothing has been tracked here because of InPrivate Browsing.
We'll click Favorites again to close that up. So that takes care of what gets stored on the computer that you're using but what about the content on your computer that can be shared with third parties when you access their sites? Information about your visit to their site could be sent to content providers, which can be helpful at times, but it can also be an invasion of your privacy as well. For that, Internet Explorer 8 has InPrivate Filtering and all we do is click Safety and go down to InPrivate Filtering. Now notice here we get some information about turning-on InPrivate Filtering and what it's going to do. Down below you've got a couple of options.
Block for me, which will prevent content providers from receiving information about some of the websites you visit, and then down below, let me choose which providers receive my information gives you a little more control where you can pick and choose the providers. I am going to just say Block for me. And now all I have to do is continue browsing and I can know for sure that information about my browsing and information about where I'm going and what I'm typing is not being shared with those third parties. With the InPrivate Browsing, I'm also assured that nothing is being stored on this computer about where I am going and what I'm typing.
Now when you want to turn these off, simply go to Safety. For InPrivate filtering, we click again to turn it off, and for InPrivate Browsing, we just close that Internet Explorer window that opened up when we turned it on or return to our previous window where InPrivate Browsing is not turned-on. We know that from the address bar. InPrivate does not appear up there in the top left. So when you want to browse privately, remember InPrivate Browsing and InPrivate Filtering, both new to Internet Explorer 8.
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