Browsing History – a list of every page you visited online and the time you were there – is a standard in modern computing. And it can lead to difficulties; It's practically a cliché. Think of the romantic "comedies" in which the girl finds a man's browser story (because it's always the guy) and he burns hot water.
For most of us sharing a PC is normal (unfortunately, set up multiple user accounts.) Is not) and handing over a smartphone to someone is not unknown. It does not matter if you encrypt your emails, use Tor and VPNs to stay anonymous, or if you wear a fake mustache at your desk: If anyone has access to your devices, they can see where you are
A browser can and will save your log indefinitely. The goal is to help you find your way back to a possibly forgotten corner of the internet that you once visited. The reality is, it can be used against significant people, friends, supervisors, subordinates, teachers and even the authorities against you. It does not matter if you've never stopped looking at the content. Nowadays, mere visitation can be an impulse for indignation, blackmail, or whatever you fear most when retaliate.
Do you think that's scary? Hopefully for 99 percent of us. However, keep in mind that in 201
This is a very broad interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley. However, it is almost a guarantee that if you erase something from your drive just before you get arrested, it will cause the destruction of evidence or obstruction of justice, especially if the federal authorities are involved. Apparently people are also companies.
But suppose you are not a criminal and just want a little digital privacy. What can you do to hide your recent visits? Delete it. Regularly. Or maybe the smartest step of all: make sure it's never saved. This makes your internet travel a little less comfortable, but that's the price for security. To remove history:
Select the Three-Point Menu () in the top right corner of Chrome to select Settings> Advanced> Delete Browsing data or History> History> Delete browsing data. Or enter "chrome: // settings / clearBrowserData" in the omnibar without quotation marks. Each of these options takes you to the dialog box, where you not only see the progress of your browser, but also your download history (which will not delete the actual downloaded files), all of your cookies, cached images, and files (which are loading) support pages) deleted faster when you visit it again, saved passwords and more. Better yet, you can only clear the last hour, day, week, month, or entire period until the beginning of time.
 Chrome does not give you the option to not retrieve your browsing history or set a window for the value it should contain. It collects and collects until you go in and delete it.
If you have a Google Account and are signed in to Chrome, your history is likely to be synced to My Activity. You should be protected behind your Google Account (use a password manager and two-factor authentication for the best protection). If you really want to delete the history, select here > Web and App Activity to disable the inclusion of Chrome browser activity (from desktops and handhelds) and delete all activity synchronized with the service.
Under the main menu of Opera in the left navigation bar Click on the clock symbol to call up the history. You'll see a button Clear Browsing data that offers almost identical settings like Chrome, right up to the option "Beginning of time". (You can also type "opera: // settings / clearBrowserData" in the address bar.) This is similar because Opera is built using the engine from the Chromium project, which is also the foundation of Chrome. Opera offers a little more for those who want to be safe on the Internet – an integrated VPN option with SurfEasy function, which can also be found in the Privacy & Security settings.
 Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
In Microsoft Edge, go to the three-point menu () and select Settings. In the fly-out menu, click the button under Delete Browser Data that says "Choose what to delete". Eliminate browsing history, cookies, cached data, saved form data, saved tabs, media licenses, site permissions, and stored passwords. Click Manage Permissions, and you can, for example, delete sites for which you have permission to view pop-ups.
You can not just delete a block of data from a period such as a day or a week. "Always disable this [data] when I close the browser." This ensures that you have not saved any browsing history as long as you regularly close the browser. Choose more data types and you have virtually nothing saved – which is fine if you repeatedly enter the same passwords and 2FA logins (the price of freedom, people).
Like Google, Microsoft stores some of its history online. Click . Change what Microsoft Edge knows about me in the cloud to open a page for your Microsoft account where you can clear the synced browser history. You can also clear the search history on Bing.com, get location information, where you logged in, and stuff you saved in Cortana's notebook.
Are you still using Internet Explorer (IE)? You're not alone. To clear history in IE11 and 10, click the gear icon in the upper left corner and select Internet Options. On the General tab, you can select a check box next to "Delete browser history on exit" or click the "Delete" button to view history, passwords, cookies, and cached data (so-called Temporary Internet Files and Site Files ) remove immediately. ), and more. If you click Settings instead, you'll go to the History tab and make sure your history is tracked only for a specified number of days, and everything older is automatically deleted.
You can clear your browsing history from the Favorites menu. Click the star in the upper right> History tab. There you can see websites you visited on specific dates (today, last week, 3 weeks ago, etc.). Right-click to delete everything from a specific time period, or click to view and delete specific Web sites. If you are using an older version of IE, you will find online instructions for clearing the history.
macOS is Safari. It's easy to delete a visit history for a site: On the History menu, click Clear History. Then select a time frame in the pop-up window for the distance you want to delete. However, this means much more than just deleting the browsing history, but also cookies and data cache.
You can instead refer to History> Show History to view a pop-up with all the sites you have visited and take Extend the sites one by one without losing cookies and cache. Zap cookies by going to Settings> Privacy. Clear your cache by selecting "Empty Caches" from the Develop menu. If you do not have a development menu in Safari, go to Settings> Advanced and select Show Development Menu in Menu Bar below.
In the latest version of Firefox, go to the Hamburger Menu () and section Options> Privacy & Security . You are immediately in the content blocking area. Scroll down to get to the history. Set Firefox to remind you that you remember it, or that you store custom settings such as historical data, but no cookies or whatever. This section also contains the Clear History button. Click to select a time range to be deleted (1, 2, 4, or 24 hours – or all) and the data to be stored (history, logins, forms / searches, cookies, and cache).
Please check the Firefox account section when you are here. If you're signed in to a Mozilla Firefox account, your history (plus bookmarks, tabs, passwords, and preferences) may even sync with your other PCs and devices that use Firefox, even on smartphones.
Safari is the default browser on the iPhone and iPad. If you do not want to record your browsing history, you can simply stay in private mode while browsing. If you have a history to delete, go to Settings> Safari> History and Delete Website Data . This not only deletes the history, but also cookies and other. If the phone is signed in to iCloud, the history on iCloud and other devices connected to that iCloud account will also be deleted.
If you only want to delete data For selected sites, go back to Settings> Safari and scroll to Advanced> Website Data . After loading (it may take a while), it will display a listing of all the sites you've visited – and probably many that you did not, as well as the sites that provide third-party cookies. Click Edit> Minus Sign next to each icon or swipe left to perform the same function.
Google's Chrome browser is standard on all Android phones and can be downloaded from iOS. In one of the three items (), go to the History menu, and you'll see the list of all the sites you've visited during a cognito (as opposed to Incognito) – and this applies to everyone Chrome browsers logged in to the same Google Account.
For iOS, you can click Edit or Clear Browser Data below. Clicking on the latter option (the only option on Android phones and tablets) brings up a dialog box (below) where you can clear all browser history, cookies, cached data, saved passwords, and auto-populating data. You choose what you want to delete. Android users have the added ability to limit the deletion to one hour, one day, one week, one month, or the legendary "beginning of time."
Again, check my activity later to see what can be stored online.
There's also a completely separate Google search app on iOS (iOS, Android) with its own built-in browser. You can not delete the surfing history in this Google app. However, you can close all tabs by clicking the tab icon in the top right, swiping a floating window to the right to delete it, and then clicking DELETE ALL. The search history of this app is of course saved under My Activity.
The Firefox browser is available for iOS or Android and is available for free on both platforms. How to clear the browsing history in each one is a little different.
Under iOS, tap the Hamburger menu () at the bottom right and select Settings . Scroll down to the Privacy section and select Data Management. On the next screen, you can completely disable the collection of browsing history (or the caching of data, cookies, and offline site data). Click the Clear Private Data link below to delete all the above. Note In the settings there is also a switch to close private tabs, with which they are all closed when you leave the browser, if you use such tabs.
On Android, Firefox uses the three-dot menu ([19459009)]) at the top right. Select History to display the list, and click CLEAR BROWSER HISTORY at the bottom to clear them all. If you click the menu and go to Settings> Privacy, select the "Clear Private Data on Exit" check box to get the option to delete the private data when you exit the browser.
Of course on iOS and Android. In fact, there are Opera for Android in two versions – a standard version and Opera Mini, which sends all websites and graphics via Opera servers to compress them before reading. Opera Mini is also available for iPhone and even Windows Phone.
To clear Opera Mini's history on the iPhone, click the O menu at the bottom and select History. Then click the trash can icon to delete it. Or, from the O menu, select Settings> Clear to search for options to clear stored passwords or browsing history, or cookies and data, or to save them all at the same time.
Under Android in the hamburger menu () Select the history and end it with the trash can icon in the toolbar. Or go to the hamburger menu to access settings. You can scroll down to the Privacy section and find Clear Browsing Data, which you can use to clear passwords, history, or cookies one at a time.