(also safe browsing mode)
Safe mode definition
Safe mode is a diagnostic operating mode in devices and software designed to help users troubleshoot and resolve issues by running only the essential system components. When a device is started in safe mode, it loads a minimal set of drivers, services, and programs and excludes non-essential software or drivers that may be causing problems.
Safe mode examples
- Device safe mode: A diagnostic mode on computers, smartphones, and other devices that loads only the essential system components, making it easier to identify and fix problems.
- Browser safe mode: A feature in web browsers that disables extensions, clears browsing data, enables cache-free browsing, and removes cookies and browsing history once the browsing session ends.
Safe mode pros and cons
- Isolates issues by running only essential system components.
- Provides a safer browsing environment by blocking malicious software and online trackers.
- Helps in identifying problematic extensions or settings.
- Limited functionality because many features and extensions are disabled.
- May not protect against all threats because some advanced malware can bypass safe mode.