As you may already know from a previous tutorial, private browsing is just one of the approaches you can use to login to Facebook as a different user. In this tutorial, we will explain how to launch private browsing, needed to anonymously login to your Facebook account, from some of the most popular web browsers on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Hiding your tracks by using a temporary browsing session is not only a safe way to check your profile from someone else's computer, but it is also the courteous thing to do when a person lends you access to their PC or Mac, especially if they are on Facebook themselves (which means that you won't have to log them out of their profiles to check your own!)
No need to erase your Facebook history: just use anonymous browsing!
Here are the ways in which you can anonymously access your Facebook account from the five most popular browsers around today: just pick the one you'd like to use and proceed...
- In Internet Explorer, open a new tab, and click on the "Open an InPrivate Browsing window" link: this allows you to go to "www.facebook.com" and check your account without having to sign out the other person. When you are done, just close the browser window, and all traces of your profile will be erased. In Windows 7, you can also right-click on the Internet Explorer taskbar icon, and choose "Start InPrivate Browsing" from the jump list:
- In Mozilla Firefox, you have the exact same feature: click on the "Tools" menu, and choose "Start Private Browsing". A new window will open, and let you access any site you want (including Facebook), and will erase all browsing history as soon as you close the window. If another was logged into Facebook in the "regular" Firefox, they will still be signed in when they open Firefox the "normal" way - it's as if your browsing session never occurred!
- In Google Chrome, click on the "Gear" menu, and choose "New incognito window" - this is how chrome calls its private browsing feature.
Like other browsers, you can tell that you are browsing anonymously when Chrome shows a "spy" icon next to the Facebook homepage, as shown on the screenshot below:
- In Apple Safari for Windows or Mac, choose the "Edit" menu and pick "Private Browsing".
- In the Opera web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux (and other operating systems), just click on the "File" menu, and choose either "New Private Tab" or "New Private Window" - the same automatic-history-erase feature is engaged, which you choose is just a personal preference.
And that's how you can hide your tracks and login to Facebook anonymously: don't forget to close the web browser window when you are done, otherwise you will remain signed in to your account, just like you would in a "regular" browsing session. Again, this happens to be the most practical, safest, and most courteous way to check your Facebook profile when you don't have access to your computer / cell phone.
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