Lynn

Panic Stations!

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........... realised you were distracted and forgot to clear your browsing history? !!!

Well this is possibly even worse.

A new client the other day told me he could just about manage to google a couple of

websites but was hopeless with all other aspects of computering.

I asked him if he shared his computer at home and he said yes!

My next question was: "do you know how to delete your browsing history?"

he replied no he had not thought of it. ( he was/is very new to this sort of thing

..... visiting ladies I mean )

I told him how to do it and he said he would "look into it"

His wife uses the computer a lot more than him.

Fingers are now crossed. :unsure:

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Yep, done that before, and just about got away with it. If the wife thinks I look suspicious, she checks the 'history'.......but, good old 'In private' browsing does the trick, and she doesn't seem to know about that....YET!

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buy her her own laptop. simples.

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On iMacs just turn on private browsing! Was a great day when someone pointed that out to me whilst I was trawling through my history!

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Unfortunately not everyone is aware of these options or gadgets and

what surprised me most was my client's seemingly lack of panic!

He said his wife is very good with a pc and he is the complete novice.

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on Firefox you can set it clear browsing history every time the browser is closed. Simples

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I wonder if his wife will bother to clear out her browsing history or leave it so her hubby can see she's been searching for pages about divorce :o

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Trouble with clearing your browsing history is that it is going to make people ask "why?"

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'Better to let them think you stupid then open your mouth to remove all doubt' may apply here. *smile*

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........... realised you were distracted and forgot to clear your browsing history? !!!

Well this is possibly even worse.

A new client the other day told me he could just about manage to google a couple of

websites but was hopeless with all other aspects of computering.

I asked him if he shared his computer at home and he said yes!

My next question was: "do you know how to delete your browsing history?"

he replied no he had not thought of it. ( he was/is very new to this sort of thing

..... visiting ladies I mean )

I told him how to do it and he said he would "look into it"

His wife uses the computer a lot more than him.

Fingers are now crossed. :unsure:

I use a seperate browser that run in a virtual machine in another country (I'm using it now), the browser deletes the history on exit. In the past I've made the mistake by printing out a list of phone numbers, but no one ever picked up the printout.

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I wish I was sufficiently computer literate to understand the question! :)

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I use a different browser from the rest of the family for my punting research. It is set to private browsing mode and clears the history on shutdown. This is about the best option I can think of that keeps my activities secret but doesn't delete my civilian browsing activities.

That said, I often find myself driving to work thinking "did I actually close that browser window this morning?". I never have actually forgotten (afaik), but that feeling (akin to going on holiday thinking abou having left the iron plugged in) certainly ruins my day. Now and again I have actually turned back to check, making the excuse that I have forgotten my mobile phone or something :rolleyes: .

Edited by Northwinds

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buy her her own laptop. simples.

Another example of a punter not taking the upmost care when his marriage could be at stake. Learning to cover your tracks should be first and foremost in my view. Not to realize how the technology you use could catch you out is very careless. :)

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buy her her own laptop. simples.

We have separate computers, but occasionally get asked "oh can I just look something up on your computer" as hers may be in a distant wing of the mansion.

So Private Browsing is the way to go, even if your computer is "personal". Remember to turn it off when you return to "normal" sites.

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To echo what was said above, I always use Firefox for my more secretive online activities, set to remove history and cookies on closing. If you get into the habit of using this and plain old Internet Explorer for everything else then it becomes second nature. I try to deliberately save my browsing history in IE so that it looks genuine just in case anyone (including teenage kids) uses my laptop on the spur of the moment.

More dangerous is accidently leaving MSN online, now that can cause embarrassment....

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If I'm researching a punt I always make sure that my browser is in "Private Browsing" mode by pushing Ctrl+Shift+P

Private Browsing | How to | Firefox Help

As you browse the web, Firefox remembers lots of information for you: sites you've visited, files you've downloaded, and more. There may be times, however, when you don't want other users on your computer to see this information, such as when shopping for a birthday present.

Private Browsing allows you to browse the Internet without saving any information about which sites and pages you’ve visited.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/What-is-InPrivate-Browsing

InPrivate Browsing enables you to surf the web without leaving a trail in Internet Explorer. This helps prevent anyone else who might be using your computer from seeing where you visited and what you looked at on the web. You can start InPrivate Browsing from the new tab page or the Safety button.

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When I had a wife she had her own user account on the network. The last thing I'd have wanted her to see was either my porn stash or my browsing history. Each user should have a different profile. Just remember to log off.

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My wife hates IT. Won't touch a computer or a mobile phone.

Gosh I'm lucky

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I use a seperate browser that run in a virtual machine in another country (I'm using it now), the browser deletes the history on exit. In the past I've made the mistake by printing out a list of phone numbers, but no one ever picked up the printout.

Go on, give us a clue. Would be nice to be able to use this when staying in a hotel etc.

Jack

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Google has a "incognito window" which has no record of browsing history. I'm pretty sure an expert could crack it though.

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The problem is making sure you dont leave any dodgy pages open when you are not on the computer. This happened to me a couple of months ago, I had opened the other site on a secret browser i installed on the home computer before I left for work one morning, only to come home and find out that I did not close the page before leaving for work. Imagine the shock horror, I nearly had a heart attack, luckily for me the wife was a bit under the weather so did not use the computer on that day and my eldest son was not back from school by the time I came home. Now I'm very very careful.

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Google has a "incognito window" which has no record of browsing history. I'm pretty sure an expert could crack it though.

I use it all the time. Problem is that my wife has seen me typing (for example when logging in to this site, or the purple site), and then she goes and looks at the computer's history and doesn't see anything that I could have typed (it's a shared computer). So we've had a row about that, and she knows that I use incognito browsing now. There's nothing I can do about it, and I'm not too worried if all she thinks I'm doing is looking at porn.

What I'd really like to see is a macro that could close only incognito windows, while leaving normal browser windows open, by say pressing an F key.

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The problem is making sure you dont leave any dodgy pages open when you are not on the computer. This happened to me a couple of months ago, I had opened the other site on a secret browser i installed on the home computer before I left for work one morning, only to come home and find out that I did not close the page before leaving for work. Imagine the shock horror, I nearly had a heart attack, luckily for me the wife was a bit under the weather so did not use the computer on that day and my eldest son was not back from school by the time I came home. Now I'm very very careful.

This is my secret fear (as posted above). I think I have pretty much trained myself to always close the firefox browser when I walk away from the computer, but it only takes that one time .... :( .

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