Learn more about private browsing
Private browsing lets you browse the web without storing
any history on your computer. Flash Player integrates with your
web browser to automatically clear stored data in accordance with
your browser's private browsing settings.
What is private browsing?
typically keep a history of sites you have visited to help you quickly retrace
your steps online. For times when you do not want other people to
see your history, many browsers offer a "private browsing" mode.
When you turn on private browsing, browsers do not store any history,
allowing you to hide your activity from other users sharing the
When you use private browsing mode, your web
browser stores several types of information only temporarily. Once
you leave private browsing, the browser deletes that data, including
the record of your visit in the browser's history, cookies, and
cached image files. In normal browsing, the browser remembers your
history even after you've closed and restarted your browser. Flash
Player also automatically clears any data it stores during private
browsing, helping to keep your history private.
websites that expect to save data using local storage can exhibit unexpected
behavior during private browsing sessions.
Browsers that support Flash Player private browsing
versions of the following browsers support private browsing integration with
Flash Player 10.1 and later:
How does private browsing work?
Flash Player 10.1, the player behaved the same whether the browser
was using private browsing or not. Browsers could clear data temporarily
stored during a private browsing session, but they were unaware
of any data stored in Flash Player local storage (also known as
local shared objects or LSOs). Information in Flash Player local
storage is stored on a site-by-site basis, so that one website can
never see information from another website. However, storing information
on a site-by-site basis can still leave a history of previously
visited sites that have used local storage.
Flash Player 10.1, Flash Player actively supports the browser's private
browsing mode, managing data in local storage so that it is consistent with
private browsing. When a private browsing session ends, Flash Player automatically
clears any corresponding data in local storage.
Player separates the local storage used in normal browsing from
the local storage used during private browsing. When you enter private
browsing mode, sites that you previously visited cannot access information
they saved on your computer during normal browsing. For example,
if you save your password in a Flash-powered web application during
normal browsing, the site does not remember it when you visit the
site using private browsing.