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We are all familiar with the term browsing history. It is simply the list of web pages a user has visited recently- and associated data such as page title and time of visit- which is recorded by the web browser software as a standard for a certain period of time. It allows the user to go back to pages they have visited previously as well as displaying (typically by coloring them purple) rather than relying on the user to remember where they have been on the web.

It’s not just your browsing history, which lists all the websites you’ve visited, but also some temporary internet files and cookies. Temporary internet files include images and webpage elements that act as a cache and it can enable websites to load faster the next time you visit the same website.

Cookies are small files that a website stores on your computer or smartphone that contains data about your browser, or your login data, which is often used for various advertising purposes.

A company like Amazon puts a cookie on your computer when you browse products on their site and according to what they think you are interested in will show you an ad when you go around the internet.

These days it's not only the likes of Amazon that does this, tens of thousands of sites use 'retargeting pixels' on their site to place a cookie on your computer and serve you ads when you browse the web - it's an effective way of showing ads to people that have already shown to be interested in your company.

Earlier, your Google Web History (your Google searches and sites visited) was cordoned off from Google's other products.

This protection was especially important because search data can reveal particularly sensitive information about you, including facts about your location, interests, age, sexual orientation, religion, health concerns, and more.

The tech giant knows every car that you've thought of purchasing. It also knows some personal details, like what medical conditions you might be ailing from, which coworkers you've tried finding information in various social media platforms and where you're thinking about taking your next trip.

Google knows all of these things from your many internet searches. It's understandable if you consider this is a terrible privacy risk because it is.

Below are a few guides that you can follow to clear your browsing history and cookies.

Deleting browsing history on Android devices:-

1) Clearing the Stock Browser:

⦁      Open the Internet browser. If you are using Android 4.0 or earlier versions, your browser is simply named "Internet". You will need to clear the browsing history through the app's settings.

⦁      Tap on the Menu button. Either press your device's Menu button or tap on the browser's menu button in the upper-right corner.

⦁       Then tap on Settings. This will result in the opening of a new window with your browser's settings.

⦁       Tap on Privacy to open your privacy management options. You may need to scroll down to find this option.

⦁        Tap "Clear History".This will delete all of the stored locations that you have visited. If you want to remove cookies as well, tap the "Clear all cookie data" button.

2) Clearing Google Chrome:

⦁      Open the Chrome browser. Like the stock browser, Chrome browsing history needs to be deleted from within the browser itself.    

⦁      Tap on the Menu button. This is located in the upper-right corner of the browser and looks like three boxes stacked vertically.  

⦁      Tap on Settings. This will take you to a new screen with your Google Chrome settings.    

⦁       Tap Privacy. This is located in the Advanced section of the Settings page.

⦁       Tap "Clear Browsing Data". This button is located at the bottom of the menu if you're on a phone, or the top-right corner of the screen if you're on a tablet.

⦁       Check the "Clear browsing history" box. This will delete all of your browsing histories for Chrome. Tap the Clear button to continue.

3) Clearing Mozilla Firefox:

⦁         Open the Firefox browser.

⦁         Check the "Clear browsing history" box. This will delete all of your browsing histories for Chrome. Tap the Clear button to continue.

⦁         Tap on Settings. This will take you to a new screen with your Firefox settings.

⦁         Tap Privacy. This will open a new screen with your privacy management options.

⦁         Tap on "Clear private data". This will open a checklist of all the different types of items that can be deleted. Ensure that "Browsing & download history" is checked. You can also use this to clear a variety of data types. Tap on "Clear data" once you have made your selections.

4) Clearing Opera’s browsing history:

⦁         Tap on the menu button ( ) which is located at the lower-right corner of the screen.

⦁         And then tap on the Settings cogwheel.

⦁         Tap on the Privacy settings.

⦁         Scroll down to the Privacy section and then tap on Clear browsing data.

⦁         Check the boxes of what you want to delete and then tap on OK.

Deleting browsing history on an iPhone:-

1) Clearing Safari browsing history:

⦁         Open the Settings app. You'll be clearing your browsing history from the Settings app and not from the Safari app. While you can delete your browsing history in Safari, this won't remove any auto-fill information or cookies.                                             

⦁         Scroll down and tap on "Safari”. You should find this in the fifth group of options.

⦁         Then scroll down the Safari menu and tap on "Clear History and Website Data." A window will appear asking you to confirm.

If this button is grayed-out, you'll need to disable website restrictions. Return to the Settings menu and select "Restrictions."

Enter your restrictions passcode then tap "Websites." Select "All Websites" to allow clearing history. If you don't have the restrictions passcode, you won't be able to clear the history.

⦁         Confirm that you want to delete the history. Your Safari browsing history, cache, autofill, and cookies will be deleted. Your browsing history will also be deleted on any other devices you are signed into with your iCloud account.

2) Clearing Chrome’s browsing history:

⦁         Open the Chrome app if you use Chrome on your iPhone. You can clear the browsing history from within the Chrome app itself.

⦁         Tap on the Menu button (⋮) and select "Settings." You may have to scroll down to see it.       

⦁         Then click on the “Privacy” option. A new menu will appear with a range of reset options.    

⦁         Select "Clear Browsing History" to clear your history. You'll be asked to confirm that you want to delete it.

⦁         Tap on "Clear All" to delete all of your browsing data. This will clear your history, cache, site data, and cookies.

⦁         Tap "Clear Saved Autofill Form Data" to remove autofill information. This will clear out the suggestions that appear when you select text fields.

3) Clearing Mozilla Firefox:

⦁         Tap on the hamburger menu button ( ) which is located at the bottom of the screen

⦁         Find “Settings” and then tap on Settings.

⦁         Go to “Clear Private Data”.

⦁         Select the things that you want to delete, and then tap on Clear Private Data again.

⦁         A pop-up box will appear signifying that this data will be deleted, and that the action cannot be undone. Tap OK to confirm your decision.

4) Clearing Opera’s browsing history:

⦁         Tap on the redO” (menu button) at the bottom of your screen.

⦁         And then a  pop-up menu appears. In this resulting pop-up menu, tap on “Settings”.

⦁         Go to Clear. Afterward, you can either clear specific things, such as saved passwords or cookies, or you can just select Clear All.

⦁         You will be asked if you’re sure you want to clear the data. Choose Yes.

Erase everything you ever searched for on Google:-

Google's account settings tool, My Activity allows you to see all of your search activity across multiple platforms. This is also where you can edit or delete the information that you find.

To find My Activity, head to Google's home page and log in to your account.

Then use these steps to delete your entire search history:

⦁         On the left side of your My Activity page, you will see a menu of actions. Tap on Delete activity by.

⦁         This will bring up a selection box where you choose a delete date and product.

⦁         Under “Delete by date” in the selection box, change Today to All Time. This will erase every Google search under your account from its archive.

⦁         In the drop down menu, change “All Products” to “Search”. This means you'll only be deleting your search history. There are more options to choose from such as All Products, Ads, Chrome, Maps, Video Search and YouTube. If you're only looking to erase your Google search history, select Search.

⦁         Tap on Delete- A pop-up will appear, warning you that your activity can make Google services more useful to you.

⦁         Click on OK- Another pop-up will appear asking you to confirm that you want to delete your Search activity from all time and warns you these items will be permanently deleted from your Google Account.

⦁         Tap Delete.

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