How to Clear Private Data in Internet Explorer

Private messages and secrets — like emails — and public computers — like a library's: can that work?

It can. And while web-based email services like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Windows Live Hotmail try to make sure that nobody can break into your account, you can also contribute to your own privacy and security by making sure your browser does not leave behind any traces of what you have seen or sent. In Windows Internet Explorer, deleting private data after you have finished your session is easy.

Clear Private Data, Empty Caches and Remove Cookies in Internet Explorer

To delete your browsing history, cookies, saved passwords and form data from Internet Explorer:

  • Click the Tools button in the Internet Explorer toolbar.
  • Select Delete Browsing History... from the menu.
  • Click Delete All....
    • As an alternative, you can choose to delete Temporary Internet Files (the browser cache), Cookies, Form Data or Passwords selectively using their respective buttons.
  • Click Yes.
  • Close all Internet Explorer windows.

Using Internet Explorer 6?

If you use an Internet Explorer 6 or earlier, you can use a privacy tool like CCleaner.