privacyA reader tells us he always starts his Chrome web browser in “private” browsing. This means there is no trace left on your computer of sites you visit or files you download. It’s  particularly helpful to use this when you’re on a public computer, like at a library or hotel.

We do this sometimes too. To become invisible in Chrome or Opera, hold down the “Ctrl” and “Shift” keys in Windows and tap the letter “n.” In Firefox or Internet Explorer, hold down Ctrl and Shift and tap “p” for private. Then close any other tab that opened automatically when you started up the browser.

If you want browsers to open up in private mode, search on the phrase “how to always start your favorite browser in private browsing mode.” The instructions aren’t complex, just longer.

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