Manage your cookies
Are you worried that someone else can find where you have been online? Increase your safety by turning off or deleting cookies.
To turn off cookies in your web browser, go to the settings or tools menu and delete your cookies manually at the end of a session, or configure your browser to do it automatically.
Adopt safe computing and browsing habits
When completing online forms, enter only required information and ignore optional information requests.
Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date.
Browse in private mode. Private browsing will not log your browsing history or save (‘cache’) any web pages, images or cookies as you are browsing. Your browser won’t remember the pages you visit or your search history.
Private browsing also prevents other users of the computer or device from finding the search history in most cases, but it won’t if there is spyware or if someone can see what you’re doing on your computer or device.
Private browsing is known as InPrivate, Private or Incognito, depending on the browser. The techniques for turning on private browsing vary according to your browser and the computer or device. Popular browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge and Safari and their websites show how to move to private mode.
Know when to use a safer computer or device
The tips we’ve suggested above – including private browsing – will not protect you if:
- you’re worried that someone might see what you're doing on your computer or device, for example, by looking over your shoulder while you’re online
- spyware’s been installed on your computer. Read more about what might tip you off to the presence of spyware.
In these cases, the only way to browse safely is to use another, safer computer, such as those at public libraries or community centres, or a trusted friend’s or family member’s computer or device.