Lifehacker: The Fastest Way to Clear Your Recent Browsing History in Every Browser. “Listen, we’re not here to judge or ask questions. You need to clear your recent browsing history—and fast. Lucky for you, we can help. Whether you use Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Brave, there’s a keyboard shortcut to help you delete your most recent web history as fast as possible, should you need to do so for reasons that are none of our business.”
Reuters: New Google default wipes users’ location, web history after 18 months. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it will automatically delete some location history after 18 months for new users and make it easier for everyone to access its search, Maps and YouTube apps without being tracked.”
PC Magazine: Avast to ‘Archive’ Users’ Collected Browser Histories, Not Immediately Delete Them. “The antivirus vendor plans on ‘securely archiving’ the collected browser histories that an Avast subsidiary, Jumpshot, was selling to third-party firms. Avast hasn’t elaborated on the decision, but it may have to do with the company trying to comply with privacy laws in Europe and California.”
Lifehacker: Auto-Delete Your Firefox Browsing History With History Cleaner. “Strangely, for all its privacy-minded features, Firefox can’t auto-delete your just your browsing history by default. Instead, users will have to turn to third-party browser add-ons in order to set automatic deletion timers on their browsing history, such as History Cleaner.”
Ars Technica: My browser, the spy: How extensions slurped up browsing histories from 4M users. “When we use browsers to make medical appointments, share tax returns with accountants, or access corporate intranets, we usually trust that the pages we access will remain private. DataSpii, a newly documented privacy issue in which millions of people’s browsing histories have been collected and exposed, shows just how much about us is revealed when that assumption is turned on its head.”
BetaNews: Facebook to launch its Clear History tool later this year — to the joy of privacy advocates and the pain of advertisers
BetaNews: Facebook to launch its Clear History tool later this year — to the joy of privacy advocates and the pain of advertisers. “Facebook is no stranger to privacy-related controversy, and to try to counter some of this the social network announced in the middle of last year that it planned to give users a ‘clear history’ feature. Although first talked about in May, no progress has been visible on this front, but Facebook’s CFO, David Wehner, has now said that the feature will be launching later this year.” I’ll believe it when I see it.
KnowTechie: Microsoft’s new Timeline Chrome extension will sync your browsing history across Windows 10 devices
KnowTechie: Microsoft’s new Timeline Chrome extension will sync your browsing history across Windows 10 devices . “One of the most useful features that Microsoft added to 2018’s Spring Update for Windows 10 was the Timeline function. Having the ability to see your browsing history across Windows 10, iOS, and Android devices is nifty, provided you use Microsoft’s Edge browser on desktop and mobile. Now, you don’t have to give up your Google Chrome addiction to use the Timeline feature, thanks to an official Chrome extension from Microsoft.”
Slashgear: Research: 4 new ways browser history can be exposed. “A recent study by the University of California, San Diego, showed four new ways to expose Internet users’ browsing histories. They also showed the ways in which these histories could and can be used to target internet users with various attacks. Most of these attacks take aim psychologically, targeting the trust users have in details to which they believe only their closest friends and family have access.”
Popular Science: Why and how to erase your browsing history. “Web browsers keep track of your past activity for a reason. That history comes in handy if you want to find a funny article again, or return to your favorite photo of the kids, or if restore a tab that you accidentally closed. At the same time, some people find this constant tracking a little on the creepy side. Not to mention that, if you share a computer with others, you might not want them finding out about a gift you secretly bought them, your interest in 1970s folk rock, or your more private Google searches.” I love disco and I am unashamed.
CNET: Vivaldi wants to make your web browsing history useful. “Where you’ve already been on the web turns out to be a pretty important predictor of where you’d like to go next. That’s why the next version of Vivaldi, a newer competitor to the likes of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, is putting browser history front and center.”