Cover Your Tracks – How to clear (delete) your browser history
What is browser history?
Your browser history is a list of all the website pages you visit while searching the internet. As you go from one website to another, your virtual footprints will be saved on your computer/mobile device with information including the date and timestamp of each page load. Each internet browsers has a different way of giving you access to this data so that you can view your internet history or delete it.
Reasons why you would want to keep your browser history
So that you can quickly visit sites that you have previously visited where you have not written down the domain name. Did you know that your browser history assists the browser when it attempts to auto populate what you are typing in when you are trying to search for a specific website.
Reasons why you would want to delete your browser history
If other users have access to that computer or mobile device, your privacy may be invaded and if you are experiencing domestic abuse, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. Please take a few minutes to read and follow the instructions below to minimise the chances of someone finding out that you have visited this website.
To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, it may be safer to use a public library, work or friend or family members computer or mobile device.
How to view and delete your browser history
You can read online how to delete your browser history which differs depending on the device and browser you are using. Alternatively, some instructions for the most common devices and browsers can be found below.
- Instructions for Mobile phones
- Instructions for different Browsers
If an abuser has access to your email account, they may be able to read all of your personal emails. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password that an abuser will not be able to guess.
If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. The messages may constitute an offence.