Most people don't realise how their
browsers betray them. It's not so bad at home, but in a work context it
could cost you your job.
Yeah, yeah, you're not supposed to be surfing, you're supposed to be
working. But who's going to know, right? Actually, practically anyone
in the office. All they need to know is what to click. Try this:
left-click the little arrow head beside the address bar and you'll get
a comprehensive list all recently entered addresses...
Then there's my old favourite, the History bar. Hit <Alt + H>
on most browsers and you'll get a comprehensive listing of every site
visited in the last three weeks...
Both tools are occasionally useful if you've forgotten an important
address, but if you're using a work PC they're also useful to your
colleagues -- and the boss. You might think you're being discreet
signing in to TradeMe
when no one's looking, but your browser's faithfully recording each and
(Of course if you're using a work PC, every address you visit's almost
certainly being recorded by network software too. But that takes a
little effort and expertise to obtain. Browser betrayals are available
to anyone with access to your PC.)
Still, there are a couple of things you can do to be a little more
discreet. Change the History settings for a start.You'll find them
under Tools / Options /
in Firefox and Tools
/ Internet Options
in Internet Explorer.
I mean to say, do you really need to record details of three weeks of
web activity, everything you've downloaded and
the stuff you
enter in forms and the search bar? I'm sure you boss'd be interested
Firefox has a brilliant privacy extra, the Always clear my private data when
I close Firefox
option in the same window as the History
Hitting the Settings
button gives you even finer control ...
When it comes to browser betrayals, you can't be too careful!
(Footnote: All screenshots are from Firefox 2