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Cover your tracks

Covering your tracks online

Cover your tracks

You may not want other people to know that you’ve been searching for information or help from websites such as Behind Closed Doors.

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When you browse the internet on a mobile phone, tablet or computer, you leave a ‘history’ trail of pages and sites you’ve visited.

You may not want other people to know that you’ve been searching for information or help from websites such as Beyond Closed Doors.

It’s impossible to completely avoid being tracked online but if you’re worried about someone knowing which sites you’ve been looking at, there are some things you can do to help cover your tracks.

WHILE YOU’RE
BROWSING

Quick exit button

If you don’t want someone to see that you’re viewing the Beyond Closed Doors website, you can click the ‘Quick Exit’ button on the right, which will take you away from this site to the BBC Weather page.

Switching tabs

If you’re using a laptop or desktop computer, try keeping another document or website open in a new tab or window while browsing. If someone comes in the room and you don’t want them to see what you’re looking at, you can quickly switch to another window or tab.

Private browsing (incognito)

When you’re browsing ‘incognito’, the internet browser won’t store cookies or record your browsing history on the computer, mobile or tablet.

This option is available on the most commonly used web browsers: 

Chrome: browse in private with incognito mode

Firefox: private browsing – using Firefox without saving history

Internet Explorer: InPrivate browsing

Safari: use private browsing windows

Opera: browse incognito – how to open private window

When you're
finished
browsing

Delete your browsing history

You can delete the history of websites you’ve visited, but it’s important to know that if you delete your browsing history, someone else using the same device may notice.

If you share a tablet, mobile phone, laptop or computer with someone, they might notice that passwords or website addresses have disappeared from their history. 

Find out how to delete your browsing history from the most commonly used browsers:

Chrome: delete your browsing history

Firefox: delete browsing, search and download history on Firefox

Internet Explorer: deleting your web page history

Safari: delete your browsing history

Opera: deleting private data

Toolbars

If you use a search toolbar in your web browser, remember that your searched items can be saved as part of your history. Find out how to delete your searched items from the following search engines:

Google 

Bing

Yahoo! search