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How to hide this visit from your web history

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If you are worried about someone knowing you have visited the Police Scotland website, find out below how to clear your browser history and cache file on your computer. But please note, the information below may not completely hide your tracks. The most discreet way to search the internet for information and help, is to do it in a safe place, such as a library, a friend's house or at work.

If someone has access to your computer, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing emails. To ensure your account is secure, always log out after use. Don’t share your password with anyone else and choose a password that others won’t be able to guess. Change your password if you are concerned.


Clear your browser history

Websites that you visit can be stored in your device’s web browser history. Clearing the history and emptying the cache file can reduce the information available for others to check.

In order to clear your computer's history, you must first establish which browser you are using. A browser is the application you use to access the internet, for example; Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or Safari.

Internet Explorer - Clear the history of websites you've visited
Google Chrome - Delete your cache, history, and other browser data
Mozilla Firefox - Clear browsing history and cookies
Opera - Delete Private Data
Safari - Clear your browsing history


How can I browse the internet without leaving any trace of which websites I have visited?

Some web browsers allow you to browse the internet privately; this means that no trace of your browsing history is stored in your computer's memory whilst using a private session.

Some browsers that allow this are:

• Google Chrome
• Mozilla Firefox
• Opera
• Safari

Google Chrome - Browse in private with incognito mode
Mozilla Firefox - Private browsing (Use Firefox without saving history)
Opera - Private browsing
Safari - Use Private Browsing windows