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Category: Web Surfing

Did you know that somebody with physical access to your PC can find out almost everything about your browsing habits and history? No? Well, you'd be surprised how easy it is, so let's see how you can erase the tracks of where you've been on the web.

Delete your history

    You’ve probably noticed that every time you start typing an address in your browser, a list of previous accessed websites appears. You can very easily stop this by deleting your history and by setting the time for automatic history deletion to somewhere around 3 days (even less if you don’t need it).

    You can do this by opening a IE window, going on the Tools menu, and clicking on Internet Options.


    A window much like the one below will appear. You can see that from here you can not only delete your web access history but also IE’s temporary internet files (also known as cache, which contains pretty much everything from every site you’ve been in the past) and cookies.

    Cookies are used by sites for the purpose of identifying you every time you come to visit that page, but can also be used for tracking your activities on the net.

Clear history


    While we’re still on the topic of IE there’s another thing you might want to delete: your saved passwords (only if you use the browser’s password auto-complete function).

IE Password Clear

Firefox alternative

    If you are amongst those who prefer Firefox (I know I am) you can delete your browsing history by going to the Tools menu and clicking Options...


Firefox Options

    ...In the window that appears click on the Privacy button. Here you can easily delete your history, set the time for the browser to remember your visited pages, delete the cache, download history, cookies and saved passwords.

Privacy Options

The Remember Passwords option I think is the most dangerous because they will be accessible to everyone who uses your computer in plain sight as well as the sites for which they are used. I suggest you uncheck this option and delete the already saved passwords as shown in the image below.

Password clear


    No matter where you use the internet (at home, at work) always remember to take care of these privacy options because it’s better to be cautious than sloppy!

Posted by: Nitro on February 26, 2006 at 12:45.

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