For all those things we don’t want people to see on our internet, certain tools are availible. Depending on what browser you are using, there area a few simple steps to follow to make your internet history untraceable. No, I am not simply talking about clearing the History folder, as even that will not completely protect you. Here is a guide on a variety of the most popular web-browsers that contain basics to advanced levels of securing your privacy.
1. Internet Explorer 8 or Higher: If you are unsure of what browser you are using, you are most likely on Internet Explorer. There are more or less two simple methods you can use to clear your history:
- Within Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) there is a feature called “InPrivate Browsing.” Once enabled, this feature takes care of all the dirty work for you and all you have to do is exit out of the browser. To enable this, click the Tools option on the toolbar of the browser, and scroll down to InPrivate Browsing (Note: Make sure you click InPrivate Browsing, not InPrivate Filtering.) A new window will pop up, with “InPrivate” symbol in the address bar. ONLY in this windowwill your history, cookies, temporary files, ect be erased immediatly. All you have to do is exit the browser when you are done, and nothing will be left behind. Here’s a couple pictures to help:
- Part 2- Deleting history and cookies manually: This is for anything done while not in the “InPrivate” mode. Once again, go up to the “Tools” section on the toolbar, except scroll down this time to “Internet Options.” Once you click this, a small pop-up will appear. On the page you are already on, look for the section “Browsing History.” Click the “Delete” button in this section. There will now be options for what to delete. The safest way to make sure all of your history is deleted is to check all the boxes, and then proceeding to click the “Delete” button at the bottom. If you want to delete a minimal amount with still be private, delete only sections “Cookies”, “History”, and “Temporary Internet Files.” This will cover you in most areas. Alternatly, if you want to do a quick delete of your history, press ctrl+h at your browser’s main screen. Your history will be broken into days, weeks, and folders. Right click on a folder to delete it.
2. FireFox 3.5 and later:
- Private Browsing: Like Internet Explorer, there is a feature in FireFox called “Private Browsing.” Once Firefox is started, click on the “Tools” part of the toolbar, and scroll down to “Start Private Browsing”. You will get a pop-up confirming this change, and after accepting your window will turn to a Private Browsing session. When you are done, all you have to do is go back to “Tools”, then scroll to “Stop Private Browsing”. You will then return to the page you were last on before you started you Private Browsing session.
- Editing your History: When it comes to FireFox, there are a few more ways to control your history. First of all, you can use Ctrl+H to open up your history, and manually delete folers and websites be right clicking. Also, you can go to “Tools” in the toolbar, and scroll down to “Options”. In the pop-up, proceed to section labeled “Privacy”. Here you can manually edit what you contain in your history for future usage.