Your Internet History is an Autobiography
Would you willingly tell strangers – or even casual friends and acquaintances – where and how often you bank, how many credit cards you own, or when your house will be empty because you'll be on vacation?
In today's world, we use the Internet to obtain information about almost everything, whether it be managing personal finances, shopping for a birthday gift, planning trips, or researching treatments for medical conditions. While any of these facts alone may not tell a person much about you, they can paint a pretty decent picture about your life when they're all added together. And, if other people have access to your Internet history, they'll know a lot about you whether you want them to or not.
Even if you're not worried about these security issues, deleting Internet history is an important task for other reasons. In particular, cleaning out your history and other temporary files can speed up your computer and help fix slow browser problems. Most browsers have a default setting that only saves Internet history for a certain number of days, but even this interval may be too long if you spend a lot of time online.
The steps for deleting Internet history vary depending on which browser you use. We'll look at the specifics in the next section.