Cover Your Tracks

Unfortunately there is no complete way to fully cover your tracks online. The information here can help you to cover your tracks as best as possible on your computer. The better alternative is to use another computer. This could be your friends computer, a computer at the local library or a computer at an internet cafe.

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

If you do know what browser you are using, then ignore this section and read the relavant section 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. If you cannot view the toolbar at the top press the alt key on your keyboard. A drop down menu will appear, the last entry will say About Internet Explorer, About Mozilla Firefox, or something similar. This will explain what browser you are using. Now look at the relavant heading below.

Internet Explorer 7, 8 & 9

Click on the Tools menu and select Internet Options. If you cannot view the tools menu press the alt key on your keyboard. In the General tab 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.

Mozilla Firefox 8 upwards

Click on Tools and then Options. If you cannot view the menu press the alt key on your keyboard. Firefox bundles cookies, forms and history under the heading 'history'. Click the privacy tab, then on "clear your recent history". Select the period you want to delete. Click on Details to select cookies, forms etc.

To delete passwords click on the security tab where you can view all the passwords saved when you browse the web. You can delete them here and remember not to allow Firefox to save them in the future.

In Firefox you (or someone accessing your computer) can actually read the passwords saved on your system. If you use the same passwords for many things consider changing them all if you have allowed your browser to save any.

You can also adjust how you want Firefox to store your data under the privacy tab.

If you are unable to do the above. Then click on Tools. If you cannot view the tools menu press the alt key on your keyboard. Then select clear history.


To remove history go to History, and click Clear History.

To remove cookies go to the Settings (on the right hand side), Preferences, Privacy tab and click Remove all Website Data (or Details to select certain sites).

Chrome, Opera and other browsers

There are many new browsers on the market and they are always updating, so it is always advisable to search for advice on your own browser. Find out what browser you are using by following the instrustions found above, then perform a quick Google search. For example: Search for "Clear history in Chrome."