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Being Safe Online

When using the internet, your web browser stores information about the sites you visit, as well as possibly storing cookies for those sites. If you are concerned about staying safe online, you might not want this information to be viewable by other people.

Depending on the browser you are using, there are a few things you can do to try and keep this information private. Firstly, most browser vendors offer a "private browsing mode" which will not store any information about your browsing session and the sites you visit. Secondly, you have the ability to manually clear your browsing history and cookies.

The way to do this is different for each browser, listed below are some steps to take for each of the main desktop browsers. As browsers continue to upgrade and evolve, these steps may change, in which case please check with the browsers own documentation.

Apple Safari

(version at time of writing - 8.0.3 (106000.3.18)

Private Browsing Mode

You can either:

Click the "File" option in the Safari menu bar, then click "New Private Window"

or

Press SHIFT+CMD+N on your keyboard

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Doing this will open a new window with privacy features activated.

Manually Deleting Information

Click the "Safari" option in the Safari menu bar, then click "Clear History and Website Data..."

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Then you will see a window with options for what period of time this information will be erased.

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Google Chrome

(version at time of writing - 40.0.2214.115 m)

Private Browsing Mode

You can either:

Click the google chrome menu button (three line symbol at the top right of the browser window), then click the "New Incognito Window" option

or

Press CTRL+SHIFT+N on your keyboard

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Doing this will open a new window with privacy features activated.

Manually Deleting Information

You can either:

Click the google chrome menu button (three line symbol at the top right of the browser window), then "More Tools", then "Clear Browsing Data".

or

Press CTRL+SHIFT+DEL on your keyboard

or

Visit this url - chrome://settings/clearBrowserData

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Then you will see a window with options about the type of information to erase, and from what period of time you want to do this.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer

(version at time of writing - 11.0.9600.17631)

Private Browsing Mode

You can either:

Click the internet explorer menu button (cog symbol at the top right of the browser window), then "Safety", then "InPrivate Browsing".

or

Press CRTL+SHIFT+P on your keyboard

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Doing this will open a new window with privacy features activated.

Manually Deleting Information

You can either:

Click the internet explorer menu button (cog symbol at the top right of the browser window), then "Safety", then "Delete browsing history..."

or

Press CTRL+SHIFT+DEL on your keyboard

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Then you will see a window with options about the type of information to erase.

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Mozilla Firefox

(version at time of writing - v35.0.1)

Private Browsing Mode

You can either:

Click the mozilla firefox menu button (three line symbol at the top right of the browser window), then "New Private Window".

or

Press CRTL+SHIFT+P on your keyboard

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Doing this will open a new window with privacy features activated.

Manually Deleting Information

You can either:

Click the mozilla firefox menu button (three line symbol at the top right of the browser window), then "History", then "Clear Recent History"

or

Press CTRL+SHIFT+DEL on your keyboard

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Then you will see a window with options about the type of information to erase, and from what period of time you want to do this.

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