Browser History – a list of all the pages you've visited online and the time you've been there – is a standard in modern computing. And it can lead to trouble; it's practically a cliché. Think of the romantic "comedies" where the girl finds a boy's browser story (because it's always the guy's) and he brews hot water.
For most of us sharing a PC is normal (unfortunately setting 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 carry a fake mustache at your desk: If anyone has access to your devices, they can see where you were [1
Do you think that is scary? Hopefully it is for 99 percent of us. But keep in mind that in 2016, a staff member was accused of destroying evidence at a Canadian court after deleting the browser history of his own laptop. (In the end, it has prevailed.) In the United States, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act seeks to prevent the deletion of evidence by companies, but has been applied to at least one person. The caveat: The individual in question has also done many other stupid things.
This is a very broad interpretation of Sarbanes-Oxley. However, it's almost a guarantee that if you erase something from your hard disk drive just before you get arrested, you will get the destruction of evidence or obstruction of the charges, especially if the FBI agents are involved. Apparently, the people are also corporations.
Let's say you are not a criminal and just want some digital privacy. What can you do to keep your past visits a secret? Delete it. Regularly. Or maybe the smartest of all: make sure it's never even saved. It can make your web travel a little less comfortable, but that's the price of security. To remove the history:
Select the menu in the top right corner of Chrome, and select Settings> Advanced> Clear Browser Data or History> History> Delete Browser Data. Or enter "chrome: // settings / clearBrowserData" in the omnibar without the quotation marks. Each of these options directs you to the dialog box, not only to clear the history of your browser, but also your download history (the files actually downloaded are not deleted), all your cookies, cached images, and files (which make it easier to load pages). faster if you return), saved passwords and more. Better yet, you can only clear information from the last hour, day, week, month, or everything until the beginning of time.
 Chrome does not give you the ability to not capture your browsing history or set up a window for the required size. It is only collected and collected until you enter 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). However, if you really want to get rid of the history, select > Web & App Activity to disable the inclusion of Chrome browser activity (from desktops and handhelds) and delete all activity synced with the service.
Under Opera's main menu, in the left navigation bar, click on the clock icon to enter the history. You'll see a browser data clearing button that offers almost identical settings like Chrome, right up to the "beginning of time" option. (You can also type "opera: // settings / clearBrowserData" in the address bar.) This is similar because Opera was created using the engine from the Chromium project, which is also based on Chrome. Opera offers a little extra for those who want to surf the Internet safely – an integrated VPN option with SurfEasy, which can also be found in privacy and security settings.
 Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
In Microsoft Edge, go to the Three-Point Menu () and select Settings; In the drop-down menu, click the button under Delete Browser Data, which reads "Choose what to delete". Get rid of browsing history, cookies, cached data, saved form data, saved tabs, media licenses, site permissions, and stored passwords; Click Manage Permissions, and you can delete things like sites that you have shared to show pop-ups.
Not only can you delete a block of data from a period such as a day or a week, but you can always delete "[data] when I close the browser." This will ensure that you have not saved any browsing history as long as you regularly close the browser. Choose more data types and you will have saved almost nothing – which is fine until you enter the same passwords and 2FA logins over and over again (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 Bing.com's search history, saved location data showing your login, and data you saved in Cortana's notebook.
Still using Internet Explorer (IE)? You're not alone. To clear history in IE11 and 10, go to the gear icon in the upper left corner and select Internet Options. On the General tab, when exiting, place a check mark next to Delete Browsing History or click the Clear button to clear history, passwords, cookies, cached data (called Temporary Internet Files and Web Site Files Immediately ), and more , If you click Settings instead, you'll go to a history tab and make sure your history is tracked only for a specified number of days and older content is automatically deleted.
You can delete your browsing history from the Favorites menu. Click the star> History tab in the top right corner. There you can see websites that visited you on certain 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're using an older version of IE, there are online instructions on clearing the history.
Safari rules apply to macOS. Clearing your site visit history is simple: On the History menu, click Clear History. Then, in the pop-up, select a timeframe for the removal you want to delete. This is much more than deleting the browsing history – it also removes your cookies and your data cache.
You can instead click History> Show History to get a pop-up ad of all the sites visited, and then remove the sites one by one without losing cookies and cache. Zap cookies by going into Settings> Privacy; Clear your cache by going to the Develop menu and selecting Empty Caches. If you do not have a Develop menu in Safari, go to Settings> Advanced and check Show Develop menu in the menu bar below.
In the latest Firefox version, 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 remember it, never remember it, or save some custom settings like history, but no cookies or whatever. This section also has a Clear History button. Click to select a time range to be deleted (1, 2, 4 or 24 hours – or all) and what data is to be stored (History, Logins, Forms / Search, Cookies and Cache).
Check the "Firefox Account" section while you are here. If you're signed in with a Mozilla Firefox account, your history (plus bookmarks, tabs, passwords, and settings) can be synced with your other PCs and devices using Firefox, even on smartphones.
Safari is the default browser on the iPhone and iPad. To keep track of 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 . Not only the history, but also cookies and other things are deleted. When the phone is signed in to iCloud, it also deletes the history on iCloud and on other devices that are included in that iCloud account.
If you only want to delete data For selected sites, go back to Settings> Safari and scroll down to Advanced> Site Data . After loading (it may take a while), you'll see a listing of all the sites you've visited – and probably a lot that you did not visit, as well as the sites where third-party cookies are served. Click Edit> Minus icon next to each to delete, or just swipe left for the same function.
Google's Chrome browser is the standard for all Android phones and can be downloaded from iOS. Either go to the menu with the three dots (), select History and you will see the list of all the sites you visited while using Cognito (as opposed to Incognito) This includes the history of all Chrome browsers logged in to the same Google Account.
With iOS, you can click on Edit or Delete Browser Data below. If you click on the latter (this is the only option on Android phones and tablets), you will be redirected to a dialog box (below) that will allow you to erase all browser history, cookies, cached data, saved passwords, and AutoFill data. You select which ones you want to delete. Android users also have the option to limit the deletion to one hour, one day, one week, one month or the legendary "beginning of time".
Activity later to see what can be stored online.
In addition, iOS offers a completely separate Google search app (iOS, Android) with its own built-in browser. You can not delete the browsing history in this Google app. However, you can close all tabs by clicking the tabs icon in the top right corner, then right-clicking on a floating window and 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, for free on both platforms. How to clear the browsing history in each one is a little different.
On 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 data caching, cookies and offline website data). Click the Delete Private Data link to delete all the above. Note: Preferences also allow you to close Private Tabs, which will close when you exit the browser if you use such tabs as stealth.
On Android, Firefox uses the three-dot menu () in the top right corner. Select History to see the list, and click CLEAR BROWSER HISTORY at the bottom to clear all inventory entries. If you click the menu, go to Settings> Privacy and check the Clear private data on exit check box to delete the private data of your choice when you exit the browser.
Of course on iOS and Android. In fact, Opera for Android comes in two versions – a standard version and Opera Mini, which sends all Web sites and graphics through Opera servers to be compressed before you read them. Opera Mini is also available on the iPhone and even on Windows Phone
To clear the history in Opera Mini on the iPhone, click the O menu below and select History and then click the trash icon to view it to delete. Or, in the O menu, select Settings> Delete to find options for deleting saved passwords or browsing history, or cookies and data, or to filter all at the same time.
On Android, in the hamburger menu () Select the history and delete 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 browser data", which allows you to delete passwords, history or cookies individually.