Clearing your browser history

Your web browser holds on to sensitive information when you access online banking, use social networking or make online purchases. To increase your privacy and keep your data secure, it’s recommended that you clear your browser history and cache on a regular occasion.

Follow the instructions below for your web browser of choice.

Internet Explorer
With your browser open, go to Tools > Safety, then click ‘Delete browsing history’.

Select the data you want to remove. It’s best to check the boxes next to ‘Browsing history’, ‘Cached images or temporary internet files’, ‘Cookies’, ‘Download history’, ‘Saved form data’ and ‘Saved passwords’.

Click ‘Delete’.

Microsoft Edge
Click on the three lines at the top right-hand corner of your browser. This is called the ‘Hub’.

Go to ‘History’.

Select ‘Clear all history’ > ‘Show more’. From here you can choose the data you want to remove.

Select the same data types as above.

Click ‘Clear’.

Google Chrome
Click the Chrome menu on the top right-hand side of your browser or go to Chrome in top menu, then click ‘Preferences’.

Go to ‘History’ and click ‘Clear browsing data’.

A menu will appear that gives you the option for how much history you want to delete, from ‘the last hour’ to ‘the beginning of time’. If you want to clear your entire history, click ‘the beginning of time’.

Here you can also check the data you want to clear. I recommend that you select ‘Browsing history’, ‘Download history’, ‘Cookies’, and ‘Cached images and files’.

Once you’ve selected what you want to delete, click ‘Clear browsing data’.

Firefox
Go to the top menu and click ‘History’ > ‘Clear recent history’.

A menu will appear with options for the time range you wish to delete, as well as the type of data you wish to remove.

Check the boxes next to ‘Browsing & Download history’, ‘Cookies’, ‘Cache’ and ‘Active logins’.

Click ‘Clear Now’.

Safari
Click on ‘Safari’ at the top left-hand side of the browser.

Go to ‘Clear history and website data.

Select your desired time range to clear.

Click ‘Clear history’.

Quit Safari and once you reopen it, your cache will also be cleared.

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Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).
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