How to Open Your Web Browser in Private Mode by Default


Open browsers in private mode

Start your favorite browser in private or incognito mode and add some additional privacy to your internet browsing.

Learn how to open Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge chromium, Opera, and Internet Explorer private or incognito mode every time it’s launched on your PC with this article.

Private mode is useful if you share a computer or prefer to have browsing activity deleted when you close a browser window.
Private or incognito mode prevents information such as browser and search history, cookies, and web form fills from being stored on your device and is deleted when the private window is closed.
This also deletes any log in or account information so you’ll have to log in to any accounts like Gmail every time you visit the site. A password manager lets you log in once each private session, though if you prefer to stay logged to any account you use often it’s easier to open a private or incognito window as needed in your browser.

Not all private modes are the same in every browser, and this article explains what each browser deletes and retains in private mode and gives clear directions for starting popular browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Edge chromium, Opera and Internet Explorer) in private mode. The information for Chrome should work on chromium based browsers as well.

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Remember in Firefox if you have chosen "Never Remember History" the option for Private browsing disappears and displays the message "Firefox will use the same settings as private browsing, and will not remember any history as you browse the Web." I'm using Win 10 and Firefox 74.o

Thank you for the tip.

Thanks Rhiannon for helping make our lives simpler and safer with your essential tips

Personal data mining and cookies are an ongoing scourge, and so any other tips including utilities that block keylogging, are appreciated !

You're so welcome. Using an add-on like uBlock Origin or Ghostery takes care of most tracking,
I also use an add-on/extension called Decentraleyes and another called ClearURLs as another layer, available on Chrome & Firefox.
Zemana is the only key logger blocker I know of, though there are probably more. It used to be free, now it's paid software.

At this point, most anti-virus/security programs will detect and block keyloggers. I don't know if they block the keyloggers that some corporations use to track what their employees are typing, though at that level security is probably handled by IT staff.
I use Social Fixer on Facebook.

I have Windows 10 Pro on my laptop and am not given the options above when clicking on properties, the field with the in private add on is not editable. Any other suggestions. Thanks.

Which browser are you using?