A few years ago, a story broke out on the Internet, where a certain presenter was demonstrating how students in Illinois, USA could get juvenile offenses expunged from their records. The presenter used his/her phone. During the demonstration, someone happened to notice a link to popular adult site PornHub in the presenter’s browser history. Well, you can imagine how embarrassing that turned out to be for the presenter.
The moral of that story is this: if you have anything you would not want anyone to see in your browser history, it is best to delete it before giving anyone your phone or showing it to anyone in any context. Here are some tips on clearing your browser history and keeping it clean:
CLEAR BROWSER HISTORY ON GOOGLE CHROME FOR ANDROID
This is actually quite easy. Here’s how to clear your browsing history on Chrome for Android:
- Tap on the menu button from anywhere within the app.
- Press the History button/ to clear an individual item, search for the item, then press X beside it. to clear everything at once, tap on Clear Browsing Data. You can also find this button at the bottom of Settings > Privacy.
- Here, you can delete browser history, cache, cookies, site data, saved passwords and any other autofill data you have set up. When you press the Clear button, just wait for the process to complete.
USE INCOGNITO MODE
If you cannot be bothered to clear your browser history, you can save yourself the stress by using Incognito mode on Chrome for your dirty work. Incognito Mode will not store any history, cookies and cache for as long as you use the feature. However, this does not stop people from looking at your network activity, so if you suspect that your network activity could be monitored.
Of course, you could simply use another browser with more privacy features. Here are a few other options with privacy modes:
- Firefox: Has individual private tabs
- Opera Mobile: Browser-wide privacy mode
- Dolphin; Browser-wide privacy mode
- Dolphin Zero: Always in privacy mode no matter what you do
- Maxthon: Browser-wide privacy mode
OTHER TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR DATA PRIVATE
If somehow none of this is enough, there are other tips you can use to keep your data away from other eyes:
- Put a lock on your phone: This is a fail-safe that you cannot afford to miss out on, especially if you have things you would rather keep to yourself.
- Use an app locker before giving your phone to anyone. Most snoopers tend to borrow your phoneunder the guise of making a phone call or text, but somehow they turn up deep in your browser history. An app locker would make sure they cannot get at your most sensitive apps without your permission. Of course, there are lots of good options in the Google Play Store.
- How about not looking at porn at all? That’s also a good idea.