Here are answers to some common questions about InPrivate.
InPrivate Browsing prevents Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session. This helps prevent anyone else who might be using your computer from seeing where you visited and what you looked at on the web. When you start InPrivate Browsing, Internet Explorer opens a new window. The protection that InPrivate Browsing provides is only in effect during the time that you use that window. You can open as many tabs as you want in that window, and they will all be protected by InPrivate Browsing. However, if you open another browser window, that window will not be protected by InPrivate Browsing. To end your InPrivate Browsing session, close the browser window.
For more information, see What is InPrivate Browsing?
To turn on InPrivate Browsing, do any of the following:
Click the Safety button, and then click InPrivate Browsing.
Open a new tab, and then, on the new tab page, click Open an InPrivate Browsing window.
InPrivate Filtering helps prevent website content providers from collecting information about sites you visit. Here's how it works.
Many webpages use content—such as advertisements, maps, or web analysis tools—from websites other than the one you are visiting. These websites are called content providers or third-party websites. When you visit a website with third-party content, some information about you is sent to the content provider. If a content provider offers content to a large number of the websites you visit, the content provider could develop a profile of your browsing preferences. Profiles of browsing preferences can be used in a variety of ways, including for analysis and serving targeted advertisements.
Usually this third-party content is displayed seamlessly, such as in an embedded video or image. The content appears to originate from the website you originally went to, so you may not know that another website might be able to see where you are surfing. Web analysis or web measurement tools report website visitors' browsing habits, and are not always obvious to you. While these tools can sometimes appear as visible content (such as a visitor counter, for example), they are often not visible to users, as is often the case with web beacons. Web beacons are typically single-pixel transparent images whose sole purpose is to track website usage, and they do not appear as visible content.
InPrivate Filtering works by analyzing web content on the webpages you visit, and if it sees the same content being used on a number of websites, it will give you the option to allow or block that content. You can also choose to have InPrivate Filtering automatically block any content provider or third-party website it detects, or you can choose to turn off InPrivate Filtering.
By default, InPrivate Filtering analyzes the websites you visit and the content providers they use, but does not automatically block them. You can choose to allow or block any content provider that InPrivate Filtering identifies as receiving information about your browsing. Alternatively, you can have InPrivate Filtering automatically block any content provider, or you can turn off InPrivate Filtering.
To turn on InPrivate Filtering for the first time, follow these steps:
Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.
Click the Safety button, click InPrivate Filtering, and then do one of the following:
Click Block for me to block websites automatically.
Click Let me choose which providers receive my information to choose content to block or allow. When you're finished, click OK.
If you've already turned on InPrivate Filtering, follow these steps:
Click the Safety button, and then click InPrivate Filtering Settings.
Do one of the following:
To automatically block websites, click Automatically block.
To manually block websites, click Choose content to block or allow.
To turn off InPrivate Filtering, click Off.
To manually block or allow content provider or third-party websites that could be in the position to know which websites you've visited, follow these steps:
Click Choose content to block or allow, click one or more websites, and then click Allow or Block.
To set the number of websites you visit that share content before they are put in the list, type a new number in the Show content from providers used by this number of websites you’ve visited box. You can set the number from 3 to 30.
The default setting is 10, which means at least 10 different websites must share the same content provider before it is displayed and you can block or allow it.
When you're finished, click OK.
This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 8.
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