What does it mean to browse in private or incognito mode, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a private or incognito browser? To learn more about how you can keep yourself safe while on the Internet, visit: internet-safety.khanacademy.org. Created by Sal Khan.
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- What are cookies that appear in websites?(8 votes)
- Cookies are certain data strains that websites use. You can view the cookies that any website is using by clicking on the little lock on your search bar and clicking the cookie symbol. If you are a geek, you can block certain cookies that seem dangerous, but be careful not to block cookies that are crucial to the operation of the website.(8 votes)
- How do you get to incognito mode?(5 votes)
- Unfortunately, if you are using a school-managed or business-owned computer, Incognito may not be available, and in most cases, you will not be able to clear search history. This is for your own safety, and typically (especially schools) the management may have software [such as Go Guardian] installed on your computer to sense and block unsafe sites, pop-ups, location services and such. However, no software is perfect and you should be careful about what sites you visit, because many are deceitful.(8 votes)
- how do I know what cookies are for? (i dont want spend my time on reading terms and conditions) isnt there any other way?(3 votes)
- reading EULAs (terms+conditions) can be very important for things like art software as they could restrict your income or copyright on the work made with it. things like the terms for a live service game may be less important and just to avoid legal isuses or make sure you don't cheat/swear(1 vote)
- how do i know if a cookie from a site is indeed dangerous?(1 vote)
- Not all cookies are dangerous. However, to know whether a cookie is dangerous you have to put on your big brain and look under the cookie section where the little lock symbol is on your browser. If a cookie seems suspicious, block it and reload the site. However, there are certain cookies that run in order to allow the website to work smoothly. So, don't block all of them!(2 votes)
- how do I get incognito mode?(1 vote)
- New Incognito Window.
You can also use a keyboard shortcut to open an Incognito window:
Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS: Press Ctrl + Shift + n.
Mac: Press ⌘ + Shift + n.
iPad: Open Safari on your iPad.
Touch and hold the Tabs button .
Tap New Private Tab .(1 vote)
- So Kelly, one thing that I see on a lot of browsers, they might have like a private mode, or an incognito mode. What do those things generally do, and how private, or incognito are they, and what should we still think about, even if we are using those modes? - So, generally, a private mode, or incognito mode means that what is happening in that browsing session on your computer stays there. So, sometimes when you browse the web, you get things like cookies that remember who you are, remember different things that have happened, so for instance, a site that you've visited it before, maybe that you've logged in before. So what those windows do is they say that once you close that window, everything is forgotten on your computer. But what they don't mean, is that no one can know what happened, because they don't protect against other software running on your computer. If you're at work, your work administrator might still have access to what's happening on your computer or even the Wi-fi network might have some sort of record of what traffic's going through it. - So to clean out a lot of the things that might be saved on your computer, when you're normally browsing. And what are the disadvantages of using that mode? - The disadvantages are, some of the things that cookies do are conveniences for you. So for instance, if you remember your login on a website, that makes it much easier for you to log in next time. Or maybe, you want to have your video service, remember what videos you like, so that it can give you better suggestions next time. So, the internet, there are a lot of advantages to some of the things like cookies. It's just a question of, in that particular moment, is that something that's useful to you? Or is that something that you wanna avoid, by using a private or incognito browsing? - Super useful. Thanks so much, Kelly.