Over time, your browser and Google collect a lot of information about you and your browsing habits. If you haven’t implemented measures to prevent private data sharing, it may be warranted to clear your computer’s search history. You’ll also want to delete the information that Google has collected on its server.
What information does your browser store?
Clearing your browser history only removes the list of websites and pages you have visited. What else does your browser track? To find out, press Ctrl+Shift+Delete (Windows) or CMD+Shift+Delete (macOS), go to the tab Advanced .
This is just the list of files you have downloaded, not the files themselves. It’s there to help you quickly open files if you can’t find them on your computer or to let you download the same file again.
These delicious snippets of text give websites information about your site preferences, keep you logged in, and help ensure your shopping cart is full, even if you accidentally closed the tab .
However, cookies are not that simple (or that harmless ) as they may seem at first. There are also third-party cookies that track your behavior across multiple websites to show you personalized ads. They are often placed in the ads you see on a website rather than the website code itself.
In general, third-party cookies are to blame for showing you things you used to be interested in on almost every website or app you open.
Cached images and files
Its cache contains local copies of images and other elements that make the page load process faster. Therefore, every time you open a web page that you have already visited, your browser pulls images from the site from the cache instead of downloading them again. By the way, clearing the cache can speed up your device as it frees up space on it.
Passwords and other login data
Many browsers have a built-in password manager. You’ve probably seen that every time you log in to a new website, your browser asks if it should save your credentials to an internal database for later use. If you agree, the browser will automatically fill in a login form with your credentials the next time you visit the website. The same goes for autofill form data.
Autocomplete form data
AutoFill is used to automatically fill in previously stored data, such as your contact information or credit card details. However, when you change your credit card or move to another address, you’ll need to remove the outdated data from your browser.
These include the permissions you give to websites, such as showing or stopping pop-up windows, allowing the use of a camera and/or microphone, and more.
Other than that, there may still be some browser-specific quirks , such as clearing the data of the application hosted in the Google Chrome browser. This refers to data from apps you’ve added from the Chrome Web Store.
Ok, so you’ve cleared your browser history. And now you need to find something in the history that you have deleted… Classic mistake!
How do you check your browsing history after it has been deleted? If you are using Google Chrome and signed in to your Google account before clearing your history, simply go to google.com/history and check what you have been browsing and when. This is the place where your browsing results remain intact, even if you delete your browsing history.
How to clear browsing history and data
When you open your browser and start typing, you’ll instantly know what you want to find, whether it’s the URL of a specific website or a cute kitty video. Why did this happened?
Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and most others browsers keep track of your searches and the websites you visit. This is to help you quickly return to pages that you find interesting. It’s usually pretty convenient and just a little creepy.
If you want remove your search history and other things your browser has saved, you need to follow these steps:
Delete Chrome and Firefox history
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Delete (Windows) or CMD+Shift+Delete (mac OS)
- I dialed browsing history select the time interval for which you want to delete it
- click on Clear data
Clear Safari history
- In the menu at the top of the screen, click Record
- click on Clear History
- Select the time period for which you want to clear your Safari history
- click on Clear History
How to clear your Google search history
Deleting your browsing history does not remove all traces of your online activity. If you have a Google account, it collects information not just about your searches and websites what a visit, but also about the videos you watch and even the places you go.
Google claims that this information is collected to provide you with a highly personalized experience. Fantastic or scary, you decide.
If you want to get rid of this constant tracking, you can:
- Click on your Google account avatar in the top right corner of Google Chrome
- Click the button Manage your Google account
- On the left, click Data and personalization
- Manage your activity in the tab Activity controls.
If you think that you leave no trace when using incognito mode, you should know that there is a catch . If you log in to a website like Amazon, Facebook or any other incognito, those websites will record your browsing activity. Then later you can reap the rewards of your private browsing through the ads your browser shows you.
Clearing your browsing history is not enough to remove all traces of your online activity. Even using incognito mode has its drawbacks. But That doesn’t mean you should worry about every click you make on the web. . Just stay away from suspicious websites, never provide your credentials ( also known as login and password ) through unprotected channels.