By default, an internet browser will store information about the pages visited during an internet browsing session. This information can include anything from personal log-in information, to information accessed on a specific website, or random on-site content.
Depending on the type of information saved by a browser, the storing of this information may put users at some security risks. This article will explain the safest and most effective methods for deleting your browser history and protecting your personal information.
There are several methods that you can utilize to permanently delete your browser history.
Clean Your Hard Drive
You can run a disk cleanup to delete internet cookies and history of visited websites.
If you're a Windows user, simply go to Start > Accessories > System tools. Select Cleaning the hard drive (c:\) and then begin deleting unwanted items.
There is also a variety of software that can make the procedure automatic on most browsers. We recommend CCleaner.
Clear Internet Explorer Browsing History (versions 8 to 11)
Launch Internet Explorer and open the Tools menu. Then click on Security.
Click Delete browsing history, select the boxes that correspond to the information you'd like to clear, and then click on Delete to finalize the reset.
Clear Google Chrome Browsing History
There are several methods that you can use to clear your Google Chrome browser history.
The most straightforward way to clear your Chrome browsing history can be done by clicking on the Chrome menu located in the top-right corner to access the tools menu and browser setting options.
Select Tools from the dropdown list and then select Clear browsing data.
In the dialog box that appears, check the option that reads Delete browsing history. If you'd like to completely reset your internet history, you may choose the from the beginning option under Delete items from. Click on Clear browsing history to perform the reset.
Alternatively, you can use a keyboard shortcut to quickly clear your Google Chrome browsing history. Simply press [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Del] to reset your history.
You can also copy and paste this path into your address bar:
chrome: // settings / clearBrowserData
Clear Firefox Browsing History
To clear your Firefox browsing history, simply launch your browser and click on Tools > Options.
Next, click on the Privacy tab. A new window will open. Click on Clear Recent History and check the corresponding boxes (most boxes will be checked by default).
Click on Delete Now to reset your browser history.
Alternatively, you may also use the [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Del] keyboard shortcut to quickly erase your browser history.
Stop Search Engines from Saving Browser History
Here are a few quick ways to prevent your internet browser from recording your session history.
Disable Record History on Internet Explorer
Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools.
Check the option that reads Private Navigation to disable the recording of your browser history.
In activating this feature, both your internet history and browser cookies will be deleted when you close the browser window. This step must repeated each time you launch the browser.
Disable Record History on Mozilla Firefox
Open Firefox and go to Tools. Then click on the Privacy tab.
Go to the drop-down list under History and select Never record history. Click on OK to save your settings.