Cover Your Tracks

— By 31 December 2012

Making sure no one sees what you're searching for online is kind of an important thing when you're not out. Nothing worse than having someone see that your last google search was for "Gay teens Melbourne" Am I right?

Fear not, cause we have some handy tips for you on keeping steathly while browsing online.

How do I work out which browser I'm using?

If you know what browser you are using, then skip to the relevant instructions below. If you do not know the type of 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 will say About Internet Explorer, About Mozilla Firefox, or something similar. The entry refers to which browser type you are using - you should then refer to the relevant instructions below.

Internet Explorer

Stop. Update Internet Explorer or download another browser now. If you're on a computer where you can't do this then:

Click on the Tools menu and select Internet Options.  In the General page under Browser History, select the Delete... button. Either select and Delete each section: Temporary internet files; Cookies, History; Forms data and Passwords; or select the Delete all... button at the bottom to clear everything.


Click on Tools and then Options, then click on Privacy.  At private data select settings, ensure that all boxes have been selected and then click on Clear Now.


Click on Tools and then Preferences. Click on the Advanced tab and then the History section on the left-hand side. Click the Clear button to the right of Addresses and the Empty Now button to the right of Disk cache.  Opera does not have an easy wasy to clear all Cookies.


Resetting Safari clears the history, empties the cache, clears the Downloads window, and removes all cookies. It also removes any saved user names and passwords or other AutoFill data and clears Google/Yahoo search entries.To do this go to the Safari menu at top left hand screen. Choose Reset Safari, and click Reset.

Google Chrome

Click on the spanner icon at the top right corner of your browser. From the menu select “History”. You can either select the “Clear all browing data…” button to delete your entire history. You can also delete individual pages that you have visited by ticking the box that appears next to the time and title of the page you have visited.

Private Browsing

A lot of the newer browsers let you browse without the website appearing on your browser or search history as soon as you close the program. Score!


Toolbars like Google and Yahoo keep a record of the search words you have typed into the toolbar search box. In order to erase all the search words you have typed in, you will need to check the individual instructions for each type of toolbar. For example, for the Google toolbar all you need to do is click on the Google icon, and choose "Clear Search History".


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