Clear Private Data, Cookies and Cache in Google Chrome

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Clean cookies and other private data from Google Chrome to protect your email account in a browser that others may also access.

The Less Information There Is, The Less Can Be Compromised

Your favorite web-based email service goes to great pains to make sure nobody can break into your account and read your mail, and it takes care to prevent your browser from letting others sneak into your inbox, too.

There's also comfort (auto-logon), however, and public computers. So, to increase your email account's security, you can make sure Google Chrome remembers nothing about your accessing Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Outlook.com.

Clear Private Data, Empty Caches and Remove Cookies in Google Chrome

To delete your browsing history, cached data and cookies after using a web-based email service in Google Chrome:

  1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Del (Windows, Linux) or Command-Shift-Del (Mac) in Google Chrome.
    • You can also select More Tools | Clear browsing data... (or Clear browsing data...) from the Google Chrome (hamburger or wrench) menu.
  2. Make sure
    • Clear browsing history,
    • Clear download history,
    • Empty the cache,
    • Delete cookies and
    • optionally Clear saved form data and Clear saved passwords
    are checked under Obliterate the following items:.
  3. Under Clear data from this period:, Last day usually works well.
  4. Click Clear Browsing Data.

    Use Incognito Browsing to Access Email More Securely in Google Chrome

    To prevent Google Chrome from saving too much data in the first place and automate the clearing of data, you can also use incognito browsing, of course:

    1. Press Ctrl-Shift-N (Windows, Linux) or Command-Shift-N (Mac) in Google Chrome.
    2. Open the desired email service in the incognito window.
    1. After you are done, close all tabs in the incognito window you opened for using email.

    (Updated October 2015)