Use a different computer if you can
The best way to keep your search safe is to use a computer that is hard to trace to you, this can include a friend’s computer or a computer of a trusted college. Public computers such as those at your local library or internet café are also great ways to search without the risk of being caught out.
If someone invades your privacy by attempting to see your page the quickest way to protect your information is to close the tab or the page entirely.
Often it can be a real challenge to get out the house or borrow a computer; this is when a private browser may be helpful. Some internet browsers make it really easy to hide your search and internet history. This is often done by creating a tab or window that does not track your internet history.
Internet Explorer (up to version 12) allows you to click the small icon in the top right of the browser (settings icon) and go into a safety bar. This safety bar allows you to quickly create a private browsing window and also gives the option to delete all history in one click. Creating a private window can also be activated by clicking control/shift/p. To delete all your history in a rush you can click control/shift/delete while internet explorer is open.
Safari, the common internet browser used by apple software, also allows for a private browsing option in the settings tab.
Chrome, the internet browser created by google, gives the user the option of creating an “Incognitio” tab. Click on the menus symbol at the top right of the browseror click ctrl/ shift/ n This tab will not gather your history, however, it does display your search or website use in the tab bar. It is best to close the tab entirely if you suspect you are being observed.
Something to consider however, is some technologically advanced individuals may question why you suddenly have no history on your internet browser? Solution: Delete only what you don’t want them to find.
The delete history tab can be found in the below locations
- Internet Explorer: Tools> Clear Browsing History
- Firefox/Mozilla: Top Menu> Tools> Clear Private Data
- Opera: Top Menu> Tools> Clear Private Data
- Safari: Settings Reset Safari > Delete History
- Camino: Top Menu> Go> Drop down list> Delete History
Hide your IP address
An IP address is the internet tag of your computer, everywhere your computer connects to the internet this address will be broadcast. If you are concerned someone knows your IP and is tracking it there are multiple different sites that will freely hide your IP address or even change it. A common site is https://www.hide-my-ip.com/ which will show your IP address and the information being sent to the internet publically.