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Chapter 3. PRIVACY ON THE NET > BROWSING AROUND

BROWSING AROUND

Erase Your Browser's Footprints, Part 1

The Annoyance:

I surf the Web every day and never give a thought to online threats. But what about the information on my surfing stored on my PC? Can anyone simply walk up to my computer and see where I've been and what I've been up to?

The Fix:

You bet. A web browser like Internet Explorer can build an amazing dossier on you and your interests, available to anyone who sits at your keyboard while you're away. (Of course, first they have to get at your browser—see Chapter 2, "One Computer, Many Eyeballs," for information on how to limit access to your machine.) They can see the pages you've looked at, the places you've shopped, the terms you've searched for, and much more. Fortunately, there are ways to cover your tracks and keep your browsing habits private. As with most of life's odious chores you can either do the job yourself or hire someone else—in this case a software utility—to do your dirty work. Here's the DIY route.


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