Deleting Your History

Deleting Your History

Source: http://www.neighboursfriendsandfamilies.ca/node/226

When you use the internet, browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox are designed to leave traces behind indicating sites you’ve visited on the internet. There are some simple steps you can take to prevent your internet activity from being traced. In general, you want to delete two things:

  • Your cache ( where the computer stores copies of files you’ve recently looked at with your browser.)
  • Your history list (a list of web addresses of the places you’ve recently visited)

Important Tip

When you clear the cache and the history list, you erase not only the information on where you’ve been, but all other information that had been previously stored there. If your partner checks and sees that the cache and the history list have been completely emptied, they might guess that you’re trying to hide something.

To avoid this, spend some time visiting sites that you think your partner wouldn’t object to, after clearing the cache. This will start to fill the cache again so that your partner is less likely to notice anything different.

Internet Explorer User Instructions

If you use Internet Explorer 8 or later:

  • Open the TOOLS menu (GEAR icon), select INTERNET OPTIONS
  • Select GENERAL
  • In BROWSING HISTORY, click on DELETE
  • Make sure the following are checked: Temporary Internet files and website files, Cookies and website data, History, Download history and form data
  • Click DELETE
  • Your history list and cache will now be clear

If you use Internet Explorer 7:

  • Click TOOLS and Select DELETE BROWSING HISTORY
  • Click the DELETE ALL button
  • Your history list will now be clear

If you use Internet Explorer 6:

  • Open the TOOLS menu, select INTERNET OPTIONS
  • Select GENERAL
  • In TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES, click on DELETE FILES
  • Check delete all off line content
  • Your cache will now be clear
  • In the same menu, click delete cookies
  • In the same menu, in the section HISTORY, click on CLEAR HISTORY
  • Your history list will now be clear

Note that clearing the cache and history in Internet Explorer automatically clears your address bar.

Firefox User Instructions

If you use Firefox:

  • Open the TOOLS menu, select OPTIONS (This will be called PREFERENCES under the FIREFOX menu on a Mac)
  • Select PRIVACY
  • Make Sure the drop down menu is set to REMEMBER HISTORY
  • Click CLEAR YOUR RECENT HISTORY
  • Select the time range you wish to clear
  • Click DETAILS and make sure everything is checked except “Site Preferences”
  • Click CLEAR NOW
  • Your history list will now be clear

Note that clearing the cache and history in Firefox automatically clears your address bar.

Chrome User Instructions

If you use Chrome:

  • Click the BARS icon (located in upper right corner to access the controls)
  • Select HISTORY (CTRL + H)
  • Click CLEAR BROWSING DATA…
  • Select from the drop down menu how far back you would like to clear
  • Make sure the following is checked: Browsing History, Download History, Cookies and other Site Plugin Data, Cached image and files, Auto-Fill form data
  • Click CLEAR BROWSING DATA
  • Your history list will now be clear

Note that clearing the cache and history in Chrome automatically clears your address bar.