Internet browsers will save information/data as you surf the internet, eg. pages you may have visited, searches you have made – this creates your search history.

We are aware that you may not wish others to see our website details in your search history for confidentiality reasons.

If you wish to reduce the likelihood of someone seeing which sites you have visited, or searches you have made there are some steps which you can take including deleting your Browser History.

Please be aware that all internet browsers and personal computer settings are different and may have other features installed and therefore these steps may not completely hide your tracks as some browser types have features that display recently visited sites. Software can also log where you’ve been and what you’ve keyed on your computer.

There is a lot of information on hiding your tracks on the internet and we hope this short guidance is useful. Please also be aware that search history is also recorded/logged if you are using a mobile device.

If you have accessed some of our links you should also check to see if they appear in your “downloaded items” folder and remove them.

Deleting Browsing History

To clear your search history for the various browsers, take the following steps as detailed below:

Firefox – Hold down [Ctrl], then press the [H] key.
Find entries that start with
Use [Right Click], [Delete] to erase.

Internet Explorer – Hold down [Ctrl], then press the [H] key. Alternatively click on the star in the top right-hand corner and then click on the ‘History’ tab. Use the drop down menu at the top of the tab to select ‘Search History’. Find entries that start with – Use Right Click, [Delete] to erase.

Safari – Choose History > Clear History, click the pop-up menu, then choose how far back you want your browsing history cleared.

Google Chrome – Open Chrome, at the top right, click [More], click [History]. On the left, click [Clear browsing data]. From the drop-down menu, select how much history you want to delete. Check the boxes for the info you want Chrome to clear, including ‘browsing history’. Click [Clear data].

Netscape 7 – Click on the edit menu and select Preferences. In the left pane, expand History then in the right area click Clear History.

Opera – Click on ‘Tools’ and then ‘Preferences’. Click on ‘Advanced Tab’ and then ‘History’ section on the left-hand side. Click the ‘Clear’ button to the right of ‘Addresses’ and the ‘Empty Now’ button to the right of Disk Cache.

Private Browsing

If you plan to visit our website on a regular basis you can use “private browsing” mode before you begin your search or before keying in which, once enabled will ensure nothing in that browsing session is stored in your history or web cache.

You will need to do this each time before you begin your search or visit the site.

To turn this on:-

Internet Explorer: Click on Settings in the top right-hand corner, Go to [Safety], [InPrivate Browsing].

Firefox: Click [Menu] button with three horizontal lines [New Private Window].

Chrome: Click [Menu] button with three horizontal dots and select [New Incognito Window].

Similar options can be found in Safari and other browsers.

You may however wish to verify that private browsing has been successful and that no history has been logged – use the delete history instructions above.


Web cookies are small text files that are placed in your browser or desktop by web servers. This is used to store information and track your web activity.

Internet Explorer
Click on [Settings], [Internet Options], Under Browsing History in the General Tab, Click [Delete], Then select the Cookies option then [Delete], OK.

Click [Tools], [Options], Click [Privacy]. Click [remove individual cookies] then [Remove All], [Close].

Expand Privacy and Security and select Cookies then on the button Manage Stored Cookies and in the new dialog box click Remove All Cookies. Then repeat similar Forms and the Manage Stored Form Data button and the same for Passwords and the Manage Stored Passwords button. Additionally, you may Manage Forms, Cookies and Passwords individually from the Tools menu – but not the temporary page Cache files.

Opera doesn’t have an easy way to clear all Cookies but use instructions above to delete the internet browser.


Toolbars such as Google, AOL and Yahoo keep a record of the search words you have typed into the toolbar search box. In order to erase all the search words you have typed in, you need to check the individual instructions for each type of toolbar. Eg. On the Google toolbar, you need to click on the Google icon and choose “Clear Search History”.

General Safety

If your computer does not have a password access set up then other users can access your e-mail as well as your internet history.

You may wish to consider using internet access at a local library, a trusted friend’s house or, if permitted, at work.