Safari 6/7 (Mavericks): Use Private Browsing

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With Private Browsing, Safari doesn’t remember the pages you visit or autofill your information. The webpages you have open aren’t stored in iCloud, so they aren’t available in iCloud Tabs on your other devices. Safari also asks websites and their third-party content providers (including advertisers) not to track you, although it is up to the websites to honor this request. Websites can’t modify information stored on your device, so services normally available at such sites may work differently until you turn off Private Browsing.

Private Browsing is off by default whenever you open Safari, so you must turn it on every time you open Safari.

Do any of the following:
Option Description
Turn on Private Browsing: Choose Safari > Private Browsing. A Private button in the address and search field indicates that it’s on.

When Private Browsing is turned on, webpages aren’t added to the history list, the names of downloaded items are removed from the Downloads list (the items remain on your computer), your information isn’t saved for AutoFill, and searches aren’t added to the address and search field’s pop-up menu. Plug-ins that support Private Browsing stop storing cookies and other tracking information. Your list of open webpages can’t be seen on your other devices that have the iCloud Safari feature turned on.

Turn off Private Browsing: Choose Safari > Private Browsing, or click the Private button in the address and search field.

To further enhance privacy, delete any items you downloaded while Private Browsing was on, and close Safari windows that are still open, to prevent others from using the Back and Forward buttons to see pages you visited.

As an alternative to private browsing, have Safari ask websites not to track your browsing.

Ask websites not to track you

Changes made to cookies are discarded when you turn off Private Browsing.

Manage cookies and other website data

If you forget to turn on Private Browsing, you can reset Safari to remove information.

Reset Safari

Published Date: Nov 11, 2015