How to Turn on InPrivate Browsing and Filtering in Internet Explorer 8

By Nancy C. Muir

Internet Explorer 8 has been loaded with new safety features to protect you and your privacy, such as InPrivate Browsing and Filtering. When you turn on InPrivate Browsing and Filtering, you’re telling IE that you don’t want it to save information about your browsing session, such as cookies and your browsing history. InPrivate Filtering also allows you to block or allow specific sites that collect information about your browsing habits.

1Open Internet Explorer.

In Windows 7, the IE icon is on the Taskbar instead of the Start menu.

2Click the Safety button and choose InPrivate Browsing to turn on that feature.

The Safety button is one of the new buttons on the IE 8 toolbar.

3Click the Safety button and choose InPrivate Filtering Settings. Choose the level of blocking you want.

You can choose to let InPrivate Filtering Automatically Block any site that uses content from other sites you’ve visited. Or, you can choose Manually Block to select specific sites to allow or block using the InPrivate Filtering Settings dialog box.

4Click OK to save your settings.

After you’ve browsed a bit, you can reopen the InPrivate Filtering Settings dialog box (Safety→InPrivate Block) to see which sites were blocked or allowed.

If you don’t want to use InPrivate Browsing but want to periodically clear your browsing history manually, with IE open, just press Ctrl+Shift+Delete.