Disable InPrivate Browsing in Internet Explorer 8

by Eric Geier [Published on 14 Oct. 2010 / Last Updated on 9 Sept. 2009]

Prevent users from easily hiding where they've been on the Web.

The InPrivate Browsing feature, new in Internet Explorer 8, can be helpful in protecting your privacy. However, there are times you might not want users to be able to freely browse. Fortunately, you can disable this feature with the Group Policy settings in the Windows XP, Vista, and 7 professional editions:

  1. Open the Group Policy editor by running gpedit.msc from the XP Run dialog or the Windows 7 or Vista search field on the Start Menu.
  2. Navigate to Computer or User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / InPrivate.
  3. Change the Turn off InPrivate Browsing status to Enabled.

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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