"Web washers" cover your online tracks - AmericaNowNews.com

TechTips

"Web washers" cover your online tracks

It doesn't take a hacker to see what you have been up to online.

Anyone can search your web history in your web browser. It's even easier in the search box, because most have an auto-complete feature that fills in the history for you, leading to what can be uncomfortable situations.

"For example, if you are doing a job search on a computer that your boss is going to see later," said Benji Hughes of Memphis.

"You're Googling something like flowers and something completely different pops up, like a porn site or something," added Samantha Stevens.

Covering the surface of those tracks is easy, and already built in to your computer.

"There are things that are built in to programs like Internet Explorer and the common web browsers that will delete a lot of that information," said Jeff Horton with One Point Solutions Group.

In Internet Explorer, you can wipe away previously visited sites by clicking on "Tools," then "Internet Options," then "Delete Files" and "Clear History."

If you really want to wipe away your online footprint, products called web washers will hit deep into the guts of your computer, where privacy matters most.

"When you delete information from your computer, it's not enough to delete it just once," said Horton. "If you want to really remove information from your computer, you have to overwrite it several times."

Horton recommended a free program called C-Cleaner, which works for Windows and Mac.  It does not delete the information for good, but it does keep the casual web user from prying eyes.

"It's not the kind of thing where the average Joe would be able to go and run a program and recover the information and put it together," said Horton.  "It takes someone relatively skilled to be able to go in and do that."

To block those skilled snoopers, you will need a web shredder, or a high-powered and more expensive washer that uses more complex methods to permanently delete your history.

Consumer Reports recommends Evidence Eliminator at $135, or White Canyon at a more affordable $50.

Consumer Reports said most of these web washers merely simplify a process that is available through your browser's advanced settings.

Copyright 2012 America Now. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Physicians warn against giving melatonin to children

    Physicians warn against giving melatonin to children

    Parents desperate to get their troubled sleepers to bed are turning to synthetic melatonin, which is a supplement sold over the counter. But expert warn it could have adverse effects on child development.
    Many adults turn to sleep aids like melatonin, but now more parents are giving them to their kids, too. We talked to physicians to see what they had to say about how it could affect your child's development.
  • Six deadly foods for dogs

    Six deadly foods for dogs

    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. One woman found that out the hard way when her dog ate a bunch of grapes! Turns out, that's one of the most dangerous foods
    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. But these common snacks could be fatal for Fido.
  • Mouse droppings cause disease

    Mouse droppings cause respiratory disease

    Mice are one of the most resilient mammals living on the planet. Some people have them as pets, and they're also used in laboratory experiments. If wild mice get inside your house, they can potentially
    If wild mice find a way inside your home, they can potentially cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your drywall and insulation. They can also transmit a harmful disease which can cause death in humans. 
Powered by WorldNow