Do you remember ever watching a TV show or movie and a character gets hurt and his only concern is getting his Internet history erased? Are you one of these people? The best way to get rid of a browser’s history is not to save it at all. Most browsers have a Private Window that allows you to do just that.
These where originally called Private Tabs but the browsers have all drifted towards Private Windows. Private Windows do not give you privacy online– only on your computer.
When you go to a web page a copy of that page is made on your computer and it includes bits of the page, cookies, and other data. It is saved in the Temporary Internet Files folder or the Cache folder, so it is possible for someone to scan your cache to discover where you have been online. Here’s how not to leave any traces on your system in various browsers:
Click on the Red menu button, top left-hand corner and then click on New Private Window or press Ctrl+Shift+N
Click on the three stacked dots (top right-hand corner) and then click on New incognito window or press Ctrl+Shift+N
Click on the three stacked lines (top right-hand corner), then New Private Window or Ctrl+Shift+P
Three dots not stacked (top right-hand corner), then New InPrivate window or Ctrl+Shift+P
Avast Secure Browser
Click on the three stacked dots (top right-hand corner), and then click on New Stealth Mode Window or press Ctrl+Shift+N
Top-left of the browser, then New, then Private window or Ctrl+Shift+B
Red V in the top left-hand corner, then File, then New Private Window or press Ctrl+Shift+N
Again this does not give you any privacy online, it just doesn’t leave any traces of where you have been on your system.