If you are like the majority of people, you surf the internet on a shared computer. You might know already, but if you don’t: Everywhere that you go your computer is keeping records; leaving your fingertips all over the place for others to find.
There are a few quick and easy things that you can do to remove these traces, without buying any software, that a lot of people advertise.
Under normal settings, your Internet browser is always storing your browsing history, cached files of pages, and saved form information. These are three easy places to get busted for your past browsing habits. These things are all meant to make your browsing experience quicker, and more convenient however they can also become a nuisance when you don’t want other people to know where you are:
The cache is an actual stored copy of a web page that sits on your local computer so that your browser can load it rather than always downloading pages from the Internet.
History is the browser’s way of tracking where you have been both in the address bar to help make future url input faster, but also to help you retrace and find pages that you recently visited.
Saved form information is a very handy tool that allows the browser to remember what you enter into forms, to help speed it up the next time that you use a form.
Removing Traces from Internet explorer
- Open Internet Explorer
- Go to “Tools” – > “Internet Options” in the Menu Bar
- Select “Delete Files”
- In the pop-up select “Delete all offline content”
- Next select “Clear History”
- At the top select the “Content” tab
- Select “AutoComplete”
- Select “Clear Forms” (You might even want to turn it off altogether)
- You done – Internet Explorer is clean!
Removing Traces from Mozilla Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox
- Go to “Tools” – > “Options…” in the Menu Bar
- Select “Privacy” on the left-hand side.
- Clear “History”
- Clear “Saved Form Information”
- Clear “Download Manager History”
- Clear “Cache”
- * You might even want to clear your cookies but note that oftentimes useful information such as remembered logins, etc are stored here. – At your own Risk!
Use at your own risk – These steps are to be used as a guide and have been proved effective under normal scenarios. Paul Ryan is not responsible for any malfunction or any other problems that occur from this tutorial. They have been tested and work, but in case something goes funny with your current configuration, he is not liable.
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