Hide my visit
If you do not want anyone to know that you have visited this website, the information below could help to increase your safety while using the internet.
If you do not use a password to log on to your computer, someone else will be able to access your email and track your internet usage.
Please remember that if you are concerned that someone is monitoring your internet usage, your safest option would be to access the internet from somewhere like a trusted friend’s house, your workplace, an internet café or local library.
Hiding your visits on the internet
Every time you use the internet your internet browser saves pieces of information such as images, search terms or words used in search engines and login names. This helps the pages you visit frequently to load faster by loading the files from your hard disk drive instead of having to download the web page in full again. These are saved as ‘cookies’ and they can mark a trail or ‘history’ that reveals what you have been looking at online.
People may be able to see information you have recently viewed on the Internet if they know how to read your computer’s history or cache file. These contain the automatically saved web pages and graphics.
The following simple steps describe how you can hide your tracks when you’re browsing the Internet by ‘clearing your history’ or ’emptying your cache file’. This will minimize the chances of someone finding out that you have visited websites such as this one.
Please note – There is a risk involved in removing data from your computer. Removing cookies may clear saved passwords for membership sites such as online banking, which may alert other users of the computer to the fact that you have removed information. Also, they may notice if the address history on the PC has been cleared.
Covering your tracks
A ‘browser’ is the application or programme you use on your computer to access web pages on the Internet. You will need to know which browser you are using to access the internet. If you are unsure what browser you are using:
- Click on Help on the toolbar at the top of the browser screen
- A drop-down menu will appear. The last entry on the menu will read: “About…”, followed by the name of your browser. For example, if you are using Internet Explorer, it will read “About Internet Explorer”. Make a note of the version number as well.
- How to Delete Browsing History In Internet Explorer 9
- How to Delete Browsing History In Internet Explorer 8
- How to Delete Browsing History In Internet Explorer 7
- Clear Web Browser History Internet Explorer 6
- Delete your browsing history (info from the Google Chrome website)
- How To Clear Your Private Data In Google Chrome for Windows
- Remove recent browsing, search and download history (info from the Firefox website)
- How to Enable the Do Not Track Feature in Firefox 13 (includes info for Windows, Mac and Linux computers)
- How to Clear History in Firefox 5 for Windows
- How to Clear History in Firefox 4 for Windows
- How to Use Private Browsing in Firefox 3.6 for Windows
- How To Clear Your Private Data In Firefox 3 For Windows
- How to Manage Your Browsing History In Firefox v1.5 for OS X
- How to Clear Private Data, Empty Caches and Remove Cookies in Safari
- How To Restore Default Settings in Safari 5 for Windows
- How To Restore Default Settings in Safari 4 for Windows
- Safari 5.1 (OS X Lion): Reset Safari (info from Apple website)
- How To Restore Default Settings in Safari 4 for OS X
- How to Manage Your Browsing History In Safari for the iPad
- How to Manage Your Browsing History In Safari for the iPhone
- Guide to security and privacy in Opera – Sharing a computer or account (info from Opera website)
- How to Delete Private Data In Opera 10 For Windows
- How to Delete Private Data In Opera 9.5 For Windows
- How to Delete Private Data In Opera 9 For Windows
- How to Delete Private Data In Opera 10 For OS X
- How to Delete Private Data In Opera 9 For Macintosh
Keeping safe on other websites
Be aware that your activity on other websites could place you in danger. Be careful what information you share on social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Bebo or Twitter.
If you are worried about your whereabouts being discovered, please also be aware that messages you post on public forums and chat rooms could put you in danger. For more information on how to delete history and cache from your PC, visit Computerhope.com.