Private Browsing in Safari on OS X
How to use Private Browsing in Safari on OS
Safari in OS is faster and more convenient to use than ever. Among the upgrades is improved Private Browsing, which keeps Safari from keeping track of what web pages you’re looking at, what passwords you’re entering and more. Here’s how it works.
It’s pretty easy to forget, but left to its own devices, your web browser can collect a lot of information about you. It keeps a history of the web pages you’ve loaded, and many web sites leave behind “cookies” which contain information advertisers can exploit later.
Those are some reasons why Safari supports Private Browsing, which keeps Safari from doing any of those things. When Private Browsing is turned on, Safari doesn’t remember any of the pages you visit during that session in its History. The pages aren’t cached, and your AutoFill information isn’t used, either.
How to enable Private Browsing in Safari on OS
Launch Safari on your Mac running OS
Click on the File menu and select New Private Window — alternately, you can hold down the command and shift keys and type N.
A new window appears with a dark colored search field instead of a white/opaque one. This is how you can tell you’re using a private browsing window.
That’s all there is to it! None of the activity in the private browsing window will be recorded.
There’s been a change in behavior from Mavericks to Yosemite worth noting. In previous releases of OS X, turning on Private Browsing activated the feature for allopen windows and tabs. To stop Private Browsing, you had to go up to the Safari menu and de-select it. Yosemite changes that behavior.
Now only the new window — and any new tabs you create in that window — will be private. Any other windows you have open, and any tabs in those windows, remain in their regular state.