By default, your 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. This can be a good thing (saving passwords etc) however, depending on the type of information saved by a browser it 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.
You can get rid of your browser history by using the Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) tool to delete internet cookies and the history of your visited websites.
If you're a Windows user, simply press the Windows key + R, then type in cleanmgr to launch Disk Cleanup. Now, simply select the items that you wish to erase.
There is also a variety of software that can make the procedure automatic on most browsers. We recommend CCleaner.
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.
To clear your Firefox browsing history, simply launch your browser and click the Library icon > History > Clear Recent History.
Select how much to clear by selecting a time range in the Time range to clear box:
Click Details to select exactly which items will be deleted:
Note: Clearing your browser history only helps you to delete the history that is locally stored on your computer, though it doesn't delete data stored on Google's servers. However, you can disable search engines to record your browsing history.
Check the box next to Clear history when Firefox closes:
To specify what types of history should be deleted, click Settings…, located next to Clear history when Firefox closes. Check the items that you want to have cleared automatically each time you quit Firefox:
The only way that you can browse Google Chrome without the application saving your history is by browsing in Incognito Mode.
To activate this, open Google Chrome, and go to the Customize and control Google Chrome menu (three vertical dots) in the top-right corner of your browser window. Click New Incognito Window:
This will open a dark grey browser with a message indicating that you have entered Incognito mode:
To disable history recording in Microsoft Edge, you have to browse in incognito mode. To do so, right-click the Microsoft Edge logo in the taskbar and select New InPrivate window.
If you’d like to improve your security settings and better protect your personal data, read this article.
You can also clear your browser cache for better security and efficiency of your computer.
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