Clearing/Cleaning History

Discussion in 'Security, Privacy & Anonymity' started by Bigtack, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. Bigtack

    Bigtack Member

    Hello MESO,

    Do any of you have anything that you would recommend for clearing your tracks after you are done browsing on your computer? I used to have a program in the past that supposedly overwrote your history several times upon exit, but I do not remember what it was. Hell, I don't even know if it worked.

    Some bros post some deep shit on here on how to be anonymous, but I am nowhere near being at the tech level that I would need to be to set all of that stuff up. I don't need beat the big dog security agencies, but would like something that any local schmo cant pop on my shit and find.

    Thanks for any input!
  2. Skull

    Skull Member Supporter

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  3. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member Supporter


    What browser(s) you are using and what version of Windows?

    If you are using Internet Explorer I would advise you to use Firefox instead as you can clear history or cookies on exit better than on IE without any BS. To do that in Firefox: Click Edit on menubar>Preferences>Privacy tab - make sure that "Use Custom History" is selected (this will preserve history for your legit everyday sites), then check the box "Clear history when Firefox closes".

    A good addon to manage cookies in Firefox is Self-Destructing Cookies. This will let you keep the cookies for your legit sites while you can destroy cookies from those sites you don't want any tracking cookies kept for once you close the tab after using such a site. Get it here:

    @pumpingiron22 also has a wealth of good info for keeping you safe in these uncertain times especially with Operation Cyberjuice going on.
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  4. Bigtack

    Bigtack Member

    Hi Mindless, I use chrome and firefox. I will use firefox and get the addon you speak of. I am curious, if someone takes a deep look at your comp, can they still see everything on firefox?

    I read a bunch of pumpingiron's stuff, he is truly gifted at this stuff. I am not so gifted at it lol...


    Thanks for putting a call out for me brother.

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  5. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member Supporter

    If you are careful and you also use something like Tor you should have no issues covering your tracks.

    There are programs out there to securely wipe deleted files too. Also I am not sure what similar addons are available for Chrome.

    I don't use Windows much as I use Linux.
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  6. Bigtack

    Bigtack Member

    Ok, thanks... I will do some reading around and see about getting a tor on my comp. I appreciate the info! I am guessing I will need to look into scrapping windows. Thanks again.
  7. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member Supporter

    Linux isn't hard to master and you can install it alongside Windows. For new users Linux Mint is the ideal distro.
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  8. Millard Baker

    Millard Baker Member

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  9. Bigtack

    Bigtack Member

    Thank you Gentlemen!
  10. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member Supporter

    Yes that works and there is an option to securely wipe deleted space.
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  11. Skull

    Skull Member Supporter

    No problem at all bro. Your welcome:D These guys know their shit man. Your in good hands now brotha;)
  12. Bigtack

    Bigtack Member

    @Skull @MindlessWork
    Hey guys, can you weigh in on this before I do it? Dont want to ruin my computer lol...

    I will also do the ccleaner that Millard suggested. Pretty covered after that?

    p.s. I didnt come up with this. Shamelessly borrowed it from an article I found.



    Start quote.....
    Securely Overwriting Free Space

    When you delete a file from the recycle bin in Windows, rather than deleting the actual file, the space the file is occupying is simply marked as free so that another file can come and use those blocks on your hard drive. One way of making sure that your data is not recoverable is to simply overwrite all the free space with random data. To do this click on start and open an administrative command prompt.

    When the command prompt opens type:

    cipher /w:F

    Where F is the letter of the drive you want to securely overwrite the free space on.

    It will overwrite the free space with three passes as seen above.

    · First with all zero’s – 0x00

    · Second with all 255’s, – 0xFF

    · Finally with random numbers

    That’s all there is to it. It took about 25 minutes to overwrite 50GB of free space on my system, but your mileage may vary.
    End quote......
  13. Seanz

    Seanz Member

    Use Tor browser. Best thing since testosterone Enanthate
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  14. Maktub

    Maktub Member

    I see most talk is about windows but What about safari? Or iPhone users? Any info out there?

    Most of us haven't touch a computer in years. Now just a phone is our machine .
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  15. pumpingiron22

    pumpingiron22 Member Supporter

    This app is good but really you need to be on tor- or tails os. no tracking there.

    You are being tracked.

    Whether you know it or not, your every move on the web is of interest to thousands of companies out there. Your online behavior is valuable data, and companies are collecting it all the time. Online vendors have tags on web pages and apps that write out scripts, and these scripts write out cookies that send information back to the company about how you use the web.

    Scary, right?

    Luckily, there is an easy way to take control of your digital experience and maintain your privacy online. Download the Free Ghostery Add-On today to see just how many trackers are following you, and choose which ones to block. It’s easy to use (even for non-techies!), and effective.

    Why do millions of people like you rely on Ghostery to control their digital experience?

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    Ghostery educates you about the companies tracking you.
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    You’ll still be able to access the content and functionality you want even if you are blocking it.
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  16. pumpingiron22

    pumpingiron22 Member Supporter

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  17. Maktub

    Maktub Member

    Yeah scary as fuck. I totally take a look at this stuff; read some more.
    I aprecciate your contribution .
  18. pumpingiron22

    pumpingiron22 Member Supporter

    which one mint?
  19. MindlessWork

    MindlessWork Member Supporter

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    pumpingiron22 Member Supporter

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