Browsing, for your eyes only

We show you how to set your browser to always open in private mode, and throw in a comic special--the five worst downloads of the spring.

We all have reasons for craving our privacy, some more socially questionable than others. No matter. As a computer user, it's within your power (and your rights, darnit!) to keep your browsing from others' eyes, be they actively prying or innocently perusing.

Here's the good news. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera all contain a private browsing mode that won't leave tracks as you intrepidly explore the Web. That's excellent if you're trying to keep your activities under wraps, but unfortunate if you accidentally forget to switch back and forth as you transition from your secret- to public-browsing life.

One solution for proponents of permanent Internet privacy is getting the browser to always conceal your identity when opening Web sites. We show you how to set your favorite browser to start up in incognito mode in this handy how-to video.

While we're at it, we'll even throw in a quarterly special for your amusement: a collection of five comically terrible downloads, just in time for spring.

About Jessica Dolcourt

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

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