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Use Private Browsing To Access Multiple Accounts

posted Mar 8, 2016, 8:11 AM by Duane Martin

Often times I find I'm sitting at a users computer, and I need to access my Webmail, or I'm at my own computer and I'm working with someone over the phone and I need to log onto their internet account, to troubleshoot an issue.  I don't want to log the user out of their account or fill up my comptuer with saved logins for other people.

All modern browsers have a Private browsing option.  Open a new Private window and log onto the desired account, then when your finished simply close the window and no trace of the account login is left on the system, plus when you return to the normal browser session all previously saved login credentials remain unchanged. 

  • MAC

    • Safari

      • Select Private Browsing from the Safari menu
      • Uncheck Private Browsing from the Safari Menu or Quit Safari to end the private session

Firefox

• Select New Private Window from the File menu
• Close the Private Window to end the session

    • Chrome

• Select New Incognito Window from the File menu
• Close the Incognito Window to end the session

  • PC

Internet Explorer

• Click the Gear icon in the top right corner
• Select the Safety menu
• Select InPrivate Browsing
• Close the InPrivate window to end the session

Firefox

• Click the Firefox dropdown menu in the top left corner
• Select New Private Window
• Close the Private Window to end the session

    • Chrome

• Click the menu icon in the top right corner
• Select New incognito window from the dropdown
• Close the Incognito window to end the session

There are several other instances where this trick can come in handy, some examples include:

You can use a private window to log onto a second account on any site (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, forums)

You can log onto your own Social website account without logging out your other family or friends on a shared computer

You can do an internet search for that 'perfect gift', without anyone being able to find what you were searching for in the browser history

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