How to wipe your history

History / cache file

Are you concerned someone may abuse you because you have been looking at this website? How someone can view your past history. If someone knows how to read your computer’s history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), they may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet. You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser’s settings, as explained further below for some web browsers.This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browsers have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the internet may be at a local library, a friend’s house, or at work.

IE (any version)

By default, the menu may be hidden. Press the Alt key on the keyboard to display the menu. In the Tools menu, select Internet Options. On General page, under Browsing History, click on “Delete”. Make sure the “Temporary Internet files”, “Cookies’, and “History” checkboxes are checked. Click on “Delete”.

Private Browsing for IE 8 or 9

Alternatively, before navigating to a website, use Internet Explorer’s “InPrivate Browsing” which tells the browser not to remember anything you do from that point onwards until you close the browser. This can be accessed by going to the Safety dropdown menu and selecting InPrivate Browsing.

Additional option for IE 9

You can also access the Safety menu by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of the window. Then select Safety and click on Delete browsing history.

Google Chrome

Click the spanner icon on the browser toolbar. Select Tools. Select Clear browsing data. In the dialogue that appears, select the “Clear browsing history” checkbox. Select beginning of time to clear your entire browsing history. Click Clear browsing data. In the dialogue that appears, click Clear browsing history, Clear download history, Empty the cache, Delete cookies and other site data.


Before navigating to a website, use Firefox’s “Private Browsing” which tells the browser not to remember anything you do from that point onwards until you close the browser. This can be accessed by going to the Tools menu and selecting Start Private Browsing.If you have already started browsing you can clear your history by going to the Tools menu, then select Clear Recent History. Under “Time Range to Clear” select “Everything”. Make sure all checkbox items that have now appeared in the Details area are checked. Click “Clear Now”.


Clearing only search history is pretty easy. Simply choose one of the blocks below that deals with the browser you use and follow the steps.

How to delete history in Safari manually:

Launch Safari.
Click the History tab, in the top menu.
Select “Clear History and Website Data…”
Choose the time range (most likely “all history”) that you wish to clear.
Click “Clear History.” Done.

iphone, ipad, iPod touch

Delete history, cache, and cookies
Here’s how to clear information from your device:

To clear your history and cookies, go to Settings > Safari, and tap Clear History and Website Data. Clearing your history, cookies, and browsing data from Safari won’t change your AutoFill information.
To clear your cookies and keep your history, go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data, then tap Remove All Website Data.

To visit sites without leaving a history, turn private browsing on or off.

When there’s no history or website data to clear, the setting turns gray. The setting might also be gray if you have web content restrictions set up under Content & Privacy Restrictions in Screen Time.


If anyone has access to your e-mail account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password they will not be able to guess. If anyone sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. Additionally, the messages may constitute a criminal offence. For more information, contact the Police.

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