There are a number of reasons you may want to delete your browsing history. From searching for a surprise birthday present for a loved one to surfing sites you shouldn’t while at work. It’s not just a case of removing the evidence from the History menu in your browser – that won’t stop Google highlighting search results you’ve clicked on in purple, for example. Nor will it stop adverts for products you’ve researched appearing when you, or your spouse or boss, visit a completely different site.
To get rid of every trace of your surfing you need to securely delete your history and get rid of all the evidence.
It’s worth noting that if you invoke Private Browsing in Safari or Incognito mode in Chrome, your browsing history will be deleted when you close the browser window, along with cookies and the contents of any forms you filled in while you were browsing.
Here’s how to securely delete your browsing history.
Thankfully, there is a much easier way to delete your browsing history on a Mac, using CleanMyMac, available in Setapp.
And that’s it! Told you it was easy! CleanMyMac has now removed the history from the web browsers you chose, along with any other data you specified, with just a few clicks.
If you want to remove traces of servers you have connected to, rather than websites you’ve visited, you can do that too. Click on Recent items list in the Privacy section of CleanMyMac and check the box next to Recently accessed servers – or click on the dropdown arrow and click the box next to specific servers – and click Remove.
Removing your browsing history from your Mac doesn’t make it go away completely. As we said above, if you use Chrome while you’re logged in to a Google account, Google will still have access to your history data. If you want to surf the web completely anonymously, you should use a virtual private network, or VPN. VPNs work by masking your IP address from the websites you visit and preventing your ISP from seeing where you go on the web.
To use a VPN, you need two things, an account with a VPN service and a VPN client to set it up. Shimo is an excellent client and makes it very easy to set up and connect to most VPN services.