How Often Do You Delete Your Browsing-History?

@mythociate (15753)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
March 15, 2013 10:02am CST
I'm thinking I ought to 'clear recent history' (Ctrl+Shift+Delete in FireFox) every time I go from one 'site' to another (i.e. not when I go to a different 'page' on the same site). Is that too often, not often enough? Should I do it before I leave the old site, after I get to the new site, or should I go to a blank page between sites & do it there? Or should I use the keyboard-shortcut while 'surfing' (waiting for my computer to read) the next site's page?
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@Bluedoll (17054)
• Canada
15 Mar 13
I am going to start an argument. Well not really but I will disagree. Maybe I don't understand and could research this more before writing but even online you get conflicting information. Anyway here goes... The purpose of the history is to make web pages load faster not slower because the cache as it is called tells you computer you don't have to reload pages that have not changed, only the ones that have? I am not sure how it knows this though? Secondly, a save of any kind that occurs in the memory storage not the random access memory portion, which usually means the hard drive does not slow computers down unless the drive is getting too full. So my argument is deleting history to speed things up is a falsehood. Anyone disagree. Please don't get upset at me.
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• United Kingdom
15 Mar 13
Hi Bluedoll I am with you on this. I don't delete cookies because they allow you to return to previously visited sites more quickly. Why would you delete them?
@mythociate (15753)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
16 Mar 13
Because the information we share here is not ancient information that's been here forever & -that isn't changing, it's information that IS changing every minute! Plus ... secret stuff
@Bluedoll (17054)
• Canada
16 Mar 13
Tell me about the secret stuff. What does not change is some avatars? What does not change is the style file for the web page. What does not change is the text box I am typing into now. What does change is text and new graphics adding to that text which needs to be updated/downloaded. So, there is a small gain on the server/download side not to delete but your computer still has to spend time searching through files to find the right one. I still don't understand how our pc knows that a file has been updated though? If things get too big in the cache or if there is confusion (not sure of the technical computer term for that) then it is better to delete files. - --- is that the secret stuff? Why store them in the first place if they are useless?
@tehpau (340)
• Malaysia
16 Mar 13
If you don't want to go through the hassle deleting history and cache, use the browser in privacy mode. Nothing will be stored and you don't even need to log out. Just close the window when you are done. In Internet Explorer, you can find it under Safety. in Firefox, it is under Tools. In Chrome it is called Igcognito Window.
@cupkitties (7372)
• United States
15 Mar 13
Well, if you're particularly paranoid, it should be removed before going to the new site. I'd also suggest to make use of your exceptions list. Just allow session cookies for the sites that you login to daily. It'll make things a tad easier.
@mythociate (15753)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
16 Mar 13
Thanks! (Since I hope THIS response becomes long enough to be 'best' I'll ask) will that optimize the machine if I do it every so-often?
@mythociate (15753)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
16 Mar 13
Cool. Am downloading it now ... any hints on using it (how often? etc.)?
@mythociate (15753)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
16 Mar 13
And is there a way to 'keep' certain cookies from being cleared?
• South Africa
20 Mar 13
Lol are you an assassin or something ?? That's called being paranoid. I never clear my history cause sometimes i need it. What are you worried about ?? hidding something ??well why are you hidding something its called a personal computer for a reason. its personal. Unless you downloading guides on how to build a nuke i would worry.
@mythociate (15753)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
20 Mar 13
I just don't wany machine spending its time remembering stuff I'm not gonna use.
@anklesmash (1416)
15 Mar 13
I hardly ever delete my search history to be honest I really can't see the point of doing so.The only reason that I can see to delete search history is for privacy reasons,so people don't know what websites you have been on or if you are still signed into your website use your account.However this isn't really an issue for me as nobody else uses my computer and I don't visit any websites that I wouldnt want anyone else knowing about.For me clearing my search history is just an inconvenience as it signs me out of all the websites I keep signed into.Though I probably would clear my history if somebody else was going to borrow my computer.Though thats not very likely,and my biggest worry with anyone who may borrow my computer is that they may frape me.
• Romania
15 Mar 13
I delete the browsing history before shutting down the computer. I see this as an effective method for getting rid of spyware, along with using an antivirus software.
@mythociate (15753)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
16 Mar 13
My cCleaner runs automatically whenever I boot-up, and I scan it about 3 times a day after that and usually run it about once a day.
@lifes97 (885)
• United Arab Emirates
16 Mar 13
once a month or more, i guess i do that only when i forget to delete when ever i shutt down the computer, i prefer to delete the history at work so i do not really save any, it is better that way, i guess its better though we do nothing that our work do not want us doing.
• India
16 Mar 13
Hey Instead of deleting your browsing history every time I would recommend you change settings in your computer in a way that you do not have delete the browsing history but the system will never store browsing history itself. And also make changes which say that you do not want to be tracked by websites.
• India
15 Mar 13
I don't deleat it at all as i dont need to do it i got my personal laptop and nobody touches it except me
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
15 Mar 13
I do it once per day here, on all 8 of our computers. As kids use during the day on many sites. I do it, right before we turn them all off at night.
@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
15 Mar 13
Depending on how active I am, up to 2 times a day. I use CCleaner. Lovely little utility. Run a scan then then reboot the system. My daughter I have to do this several times a day because she's on game sites (apple didn't fall too far from the tree there) so she overloads her system.
• India
15 Mar 13
i use once in a week but i use ccleaner that works very good.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
15 Mar 13
Not often enough.. because when I do it signs me out of everything and I hate signing back in! You shouldn't have to clear history each time you view a new webpage.. I tend to only clear mine once my computer starts getting really slow as that will help speed it up a little.
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
Your on the right track do it.