If you are using a public computer to surf on the web, probably wouldn’t be glad if somebody could get your login credentials or to see what you have browsed. Just for this purpose there’s the function in the browsers called Delete History. It doesn’t matter what browser you are using in both Internet Explorer and Firefox you can easily delete all records about where you have browsed (website addresses, forms data, passwords, cookies etc.).
Internet Explorer 8
In IE8 just go to menu “Tools->Internet Options->Browsing history” and press “Delete” button.
For the maximum security uncheck the first check box and select the all others and press “Delete”.
In Windows Internet Explorer Help you can read:
“You should close Internet Explorer when you’re done to clear cookies that are still in memory from your current browsing session. This is especially important when using a public computer.”
So don’t forget to close your Internet Explorer to delete recently browsed websites’ cookies.
You can also set the IE8 to delete the browsing history automatically on exit so you check the “Delete browsing history on exit” checkbox in the “Internet Options” dialog. The deleting will implicitly follow the rules you set in “Browsing History”, so make sure what options are selected.
In Firefox an option to delete the browsing history is more accessible than it’s in Internet Explorer 8 just follow in menu “Tools->Clear Recent History…” button or press Ctrl+Shift+Del. The dialog appears where you can set what recent history you want to delete. You can set “Last Hour”, “Last Two Hours”, “Last Four Hours”, “Today” or “Everything”. And left bottom is the “Details” button where you can set the options what to delete. The most secure way is to select the all checkboxes and press “Clear Now”.
Just like the IE8 has the option to delete browsing history on exit, in Firefox you can set that history will never be remembered: “Tools->Options->History->Never remember history”. But in that case you have to clear the current history otherwise everything browsed in Firefox up to this point will stay saved in history.
That’s it! But there are also the other interesting facts about the browsers so stay tuned on this blog and we will discuss them in some of the next articles.