The browsers history lists every website you’ve visited and when you visited it. It’s a problem-causing cliché. Think of romantic “comedies” where a guy gets in trouble after his lady checks his browsing history.
Most of us share a PC (but not numerous user accounts) and a smartphone. If someone has access to your devices, they can know where you’ve been, even if you encrypt your emails and use Tor and VPNs to keep anonymous.
A browsers keeps your history permanently so you can return to a forgotten website. Partners, friends, coworkers, professors, and even authorities can use it against you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never visited the site. Simply visiting can spark wrath, blackmail, or anything you dread in revenge.
Fear-mongering? 99% of us, hopefully. In 2016, a Canadian employee was accused of deleting evidence after clearing his laptop’s internet history. He won. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is intended to prohibit corporate evidence erasure, but it’s been applied to at least one individual. (The person also performed other dumb things.)
Assume you’re not a criminal and seek digital privacy. How to hide prior visits? delete Regularly. Or do the smartest thing: Never store data. It may be less convenient, but security costs a little convenience. How to clear browsers history.
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Select More tools > Clear browsing data from Chrome’s menu. This opens a dialogue box to remove your browsing history, download history (not the actual files), cookies, cached pictures and files (which help pages load quicker), saved passwords, and more. Only the last hour, day, week, month, or “all time.” can be deleted.
Chrome doesn’t let you disable history collection. Google regularly collects online and app activities. Regularly erase it. myactivity.google.com/web-app-activity Uncheck Turn on Auto-Delete for Chrome History and activity so Google deletes information older than 3, 18, or 36 months (your choice). To erase more, click Manage all Web & App Activity.
To access History, click the clock icon in Opera’s left navigation bar. There’s a Clear Browsing Data button with Chrome-like settings. Both Chrome and Opera employ the Chromium Project’s engine. Opera’s built-in VPN option can be accessed at opera:/settings/vpn (type that in the address bar). It doesn’t require an extension.
Microsoft Edge uses Chromium, thus the same steps apply. To retrieve your browser history, press Ctrl+Shift+Del, type “edge:/settings/clearBrowserData” in the address bar, or select the three-dot menu > Settings > Privacy, search, and services > Clear Browsing Data and choose what to clear.
Delete browsing history, cookies, and more for the last hour to all time, with increments. If you do, it’s deleted on all synced devices. Sign out of the browser first.
In Settings, click Choose what to clear after closing the browser. Toggle Browser History to remove it permanently.
Microsoft stores your history online, like Google. Click Manage your data to visit your Microsoft account’s privacy page and remove your synced browser history.
4.Microsoft Internet Explorer
Using IE? Shortly. For those still using IE11 and IE10, choose Internet Options from the Gear symbol in the upper left. On the General tab, tick Delete browsing history on exit or click Delete to delete history, passwords, cookies, cached data (Temporary Internet files and website files), and more.
If you choose Settings, you can limit your history to a certain number of days and delete anything older.
Favorites Menu lets you delete surfing history. Top right star, History tab. There, you may see individual websites you visited (Today, Last Week, 3 Weeks Ago, etc.). Right-click to delete a specific time period or click to view and eliminate websites. If you’re running an older version of IE, delete the history online.
Safari dominates macOS. Simple: click History > Clear History. Choose a timeline in the pop-up to erase. It also deletes cookies and data cache, not just browser history.
You can select History > Show All History to delete certain sites. Safari > Preferences > Privacy > Manage Website Data deletes cookies.
Firefox: Settings > Privacy & Security (hamburger menu). History is below. Set Firefox to remember, never remember, or to remember history but not cookies. The Clear History button is here. Click it to clear one, two, four, or 24 hours (or everything) of history, logins, forms/search, cookies, and cache.
If you have a Mozilla Firefox account, your history, bookmarks, tabs, passwords, and preferences may be synchronised with other PCs and devices using Firefox, even cellphones. Sync only what you want.
Safari is the default iPhone/iPad browser. Stay in Private mode to avoid browser history. Go to Settings > Safari > Clear History & Website Data to remove your history. Deletes surfing history, cookies, and other data. If the phone is signed into iCloud, it also clears the history on other iCloud-connected devices.
Go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data to remove data for specific sites. After it loads (which can take a long), you’ll see a list of every website you’ve visited—and possibly many you haven’t, because it tracks sites delivering third-party cookies. To delete, tap Edit > [minus symbol] or swipe left.
Chrome is standard on Android and downloadable for iOS (Opens in a new window). In either, pick History from the three-dot menu to see all sites you’ve visited while using cognito (as opposed to Incognito). This includes all Chrome browsers signed into the same Google account, including your desktop.
iOS has Edit and Clear Browsing Data options. With the latter (the sole choice for Android phones and tablets), you’re taken to a dialogue box that lets you delete browsing history, cookies, cached data, saved passwords, and autofill data. Android users can limit deletion to an hour, a day, a week, a month, or “beginning of time.”
Check Google My Activity later to see what’s online.
On iOS, Google’s search app has its own browser (iOS, Android). You can’t delete your Google app browsing history, but you can shut all windows by touching the Tabs symbol in the lower right, swiping one window right, and selecting CLEAR ALL. My Activity stores that app’s search history.
Firefox is free on iOS and Android. Each browser’s history deletion process is different.
On iOS, tap Settings > Data Management. Next, you can disable browser history (or data caching, cookies, and offline website data). Click Clear Private Data at the bottom to delete everything. In Settings, there’s a toggle to close private tabs when you close the browser.
Firefox uses Android’s three-dot menu. Click History to see the list, then delete each entry. Click Settings > Delete browsing data to remove your private data. Always delete browsing data after you quit.
Opera’s iOS and Android apps include Opera GX (gaming), Opera Mini (minimalist), and Opera Touch (fast).
Click the three-dot menu, then History to clear Opera’s history on iPhone. Click the three dots again to clear the history. Settings > Clear Browser Data will delete everything.
On Android, choose Avatar > History to see the sites you’ve visited; each offers a drop-down option with directions. Swipe left to eliminate them individually or use the trash can icon above. A menu power-button symbol allows you access Settings to Clear all data on leaving.