It can be easy for other people to see what you’re doing online, especially if you’re using a home computer.
You can use the tips below to cover your tracks. But if someone is very determined, they'll find a way to see where you've been.
Your safest option is to use a different computer, eg at your local library or someone else’s mobile.
How others can see where you've been
Every time you use the internet your browser stores a record of what you've done with:
- a list of the pages you’ve looked at and the files you've downloaded
- text files called cookies which remember your settings for different sites
How to cover your tracks
You can improve your safety by deleting your history. But you need to be careful because:
- deleting cookies will also get rid of stored passwords for online accounts
- clearing your history could make someone more suspicious
So just remove information about the websites you want to keep private. You can do that on:
Browsing in private
You can also look at a website without information like cookies being stored by using the private browsing setting in your browser. Go to the menu, click on ‘File’ and choose:
- InPrivate on Internet Explorer
- Private Browsing on Mozilla Firefox or Opera
- Incognito on Google Chrome
- Private Window on Safari