What’s stored in your web history, cache and search inquiries? While browsing the web provides endless fun and information,there may come a time when you want to keep your browsing history private, so others can’t see what you’ve been up to on the internet, particularly when using on a shared computer or mobile phone to get online.
One easy way to enhance your privacy is to clear or delete your browsing and search history.
When you want to clean up your browsing trail, it isn’t enough to just clear your browser history, you also need to clear the search history, disable (or delete) cookies and clear your cache.
Here’s some background on these terms:
- Search history : This is a list of searches that accumulates as you use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo, presented as a drop-down list of your previous web searches.
- Cache: This is a collection of data from the websites you’ve visited and searches you’ve made, that is stored on your computer, allowing future requests of the same data to be served faster.
- Cookies: Also called web cookies, these are tiny text files with some website-specific info to help a site remember some of your preferences or to track your online activity (for example, if you spend time on a travel site planning a trip, you may start seeing hotel ads show up as you browse other sites). Read more on how to clear cookies and what they mean.
How to delete your browser history
A good browser makes it easier to manage your privacy and control what you want to see while browsing the web. You can always find the option to clear your history under settings or bookmarks and history. . Here’s how to do it in Opera Mini:
What not to clear
You shouldn’t delete everything when clearing up your browser or search history – sometimes there are sites that you revisit frequently, or passwords that you don’t want to lose. In this case, it’s can be helpful to save them and sync. This way, every time you decide to clear or delete your browsing history, you know your favorite sites and passwords are backed up to a secure storage cloud. With Opera browsers, you can easily sync your passwords, bookmarks and other data across multiple devices, like from your computer to your mobile phone or vice verse.