Covering Your Tracks

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Cover your Internet tracks. If you have surfed this and/or other websites you will have left a trail that allows others to see which sites you have visited.

 

Following these steps should clear your browser’s history and cache files; this does not guarantee, however, that information will not be left on your browser.

 

Mobile Devices

  • Set a device password and change it often.
  • Be sure to delete any private message conversations located in your text messages.
  • Log out of your social media and email accounts after you’re finished a session.
  • Check your privacy settings frequently.

 

Social Media

  • Be sure to delete any private message conversations located in your inbox.
  • Log out of your account after you’re finished a session.
  • Change your password often.
  • Check your privacy settings frequently.

 

Chrome

  • Open a new browser or tab and click on the wrench in the upper right corner.
  • Click on History. When the page opens, click Clear All Browsing Data from the top of the page.
  • Or select Tools and then select Clear Browsing Data.

 

Firefox

  • Open the Firefox browser and navigate to the Tools menu (for Windows users) or the Firefox menu (for Mac users).
  • Click the Tools drop down menu and then click Clear Private Data.
  • If you are using a newer version of Firefox, you can click Tools drop down menu and then click Clear Recent History.
  • Press the “OK” or “Clear Now” button (Windows) or simply close the preferences box (Mac). Your cache will now be clear.

 

Safari

  • From the Safari menu, click Reset Safari.
  • When asked, “Are you sure you want to reset Safari?” check all the boxes and click Reset.
  • From the Safari menu, click Preferences.
  • Click Privacy
  • Click Remove All Website Data.

 

Internet Explorer

  • If you are using Internet Explorer 6 or an older version, click on Tools in the menu.
  • Click on Internet Options.
  • In the General tab under Temporary Internet Files, click on Delete Files. This will clear your browser’s cache.
  • Under History, click on Clear History. This will clear the pages you’ve recently visited.
  • If you are using Internet Explorer 7, click on Tools.
  • In the General tab under Internet Options, click Delete under Browsing History. This will delete everything from the new dialogue window that appears.

 

Email

  • Be sure to delete any outgoing and incoming emails.
  • Change your email password often (at least once a month).
  • Print all threatening and harassing emails to use as evidence of criminal activity.
  • Be sure to delete emails from your Deleted folder

Other resources:

How To Delete Searches & Browsing History (Google)

3 Ways to Clear History on an iPhone