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How to Keep Your Mobile Browsing Private

Nancy Messieh 21-05-2018

There are plenty of ways your browser can compromise your privacy This Is How Your Browser Compromises Your Privacy Your web browser reveals a ton of information about who you are, where you go, and what you like. Here are the details it leaks whenever you go online. Read More , but there are a few precautions you can take when using popular mobile browsers on the go.


While none of these precautions are completely foolproof, they do offer a little more control over how sites track you and what information is saved on your phone.


To adjust your privacy settings in Safari go to Settings > Safari. Scrolling down to Privacy & Security, you’ll find the following settings you can toggle on and off:

If you don’t want Safari to save your history on your phone, you’ll need to browse in private mode. You can do this by opening Safari, tapping the tabs button in the bottom right corner, and tapping Private.

To wipe your browsing history, go to Settings > Safari and tap Clear history and website data.



To adjust your privacy settings in Chrome, open the app and go to Settings > Privacy. You’ll want to adjust the following settings:

  • Safe browsing: With this feature enabled, Chrome will let you know if the site you’re visiting is known for  phishing scams.
  • Do not track: This lets sites know you don’t want to be tracked across the internet. In reality however, sites are free to decide if they want to respect your do not track request.

To browse in private mode, you’ll need to open Chrome, tap the menu button (three dots) and tap New incognito tab.

If you want to clear your search history, go to Settings > Privacy > Clear browsing data. You can delete your browsing history; cookies, and site data; and cached images and files.


To adjust your privacy settings in Firefox, open the app, and go to the Menu (three dots) and tap Settings > Privacy.

You can adjust the following settings:

  • Do not track: This lets sites know you don’t want to be tracked across the internet. In reality however, sites are free to decide if they want to respect your do not track request.
  • Tracking protection: By default, this is enabled in private browsing only, but you can enable it for regular browsing as well. Firefox explains, “When you visit a web page with trackers, a shield icon tracking protection icon will appear in the address bar to let you know that Firefox is actively blocking trackers on that page.”
  • Clear private data on exit: Firefox will automatically clear your data when you quit the app. You can selectively choose from a long list of data including open tabs, browsing history, search history, downloads, saved logins and more.
  • Remember logins: If you don’t want Firefox to save your login info, you can turn this feature off.


If you want a much simpler approach to a private mobile browsing experience, among the many apps DuckDuckGo offers How DuckDuckGo's New Privacy Apps Keep You Safe Online Privacy-based search engine DuckDuckGo has released new mobile apps and browser extensions. Here's how they can keep you secure online. Read More is a free mobile browser for iOS and Android users.

DuckDuckGo automatically does the following:

If you still haven’t decided which browser to use on the go, take a look at this guide to choosing the best mobile browser for you 5 Simple Ways to Choose the Best Mobile Browser for You Choosing a browser for your mobile device, whether Android or iOS -- which one do you choose? If your head spins from the variety of mobile browser options, then ask yourself these five questions. Read More .

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  1. Jonathan Covington
    October 29, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    I have used a variety of search engines and I like DuckDuckGo but the only problem is it seems to bring back to recent results and the rest are old. Sometimes years old. Does anyone else experience this?

    • CyberMaster
      November 30, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      And this article doesn't suit privacy needs.

    • Spyder
      November 30, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      This article does not explain how to truly "browse privately".

      You should mention VPNs at least...