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Concerned about someone finding out where you've been on the internet?
Here's how to reduce the chances that your activities will be traced.

Browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox are designed to leave traces behind that indicate where you've been and what you've been looking at on the Internet. It's hard to absolutely guarantee that your activity on the Internet can't be traced at all.

To increase the level of protection it is recommended that you chose to browse the internet in "Private" mode when you don't want any history saved. By doing this your history is not saved, as well if you bookmark a page or download a document it is not saved in your browsers memory. When you close your browser window in private mode it returns to regular browsing mode.

Here are some simple things you can do to reduce the chances that someone looking through your computer will find out what you've been reading.

Firefox

Clear Your History

  • Open the "History" menu from the top navigation
  • Select "Clear Recent History"
  • Ensure the following are selected: Browsing & Download History, Form & Search History, Cookies, Cache, Active Logins
  • Click "Clear Now"

Private Browsing

  • Open the "File" menu from the top navigation
  • Select "New Private Window"

Internet Explorer

Clear Your History

  • Open the "Tools" menu from the top navigation
  • Select "Internet Options"
  • Select "General"
  • In the section called "Temporary Internet Files" click on "Delete Files"
  • On the same screen, in the section called "History" click on "Clear History"

Private Browsing

  • Open the "Tools" menu item
  • Select "New Private Window"

Google Chrome

Clear Your History

  • Open the "Chrome" menu from the top navigation
  • Select "Clear Browsing Data"
  • Ensure the following are selected: Browsing History, Download History, Cookies, Cached
  • Click "Clear browsing data"

Private Browsing

  • Open the "File" menu from the top navigation
  • Select "New Incognito Window"

Safari

Clear Your History

  • Open the "History" menu from the top navigation
  • Select "Clear History and Website Data..."
  • Click "Clear History"

Private Browsing

  • Open the "File" menu from the top navigation
  • Select "New Private Window"