Stay safe online

Leaving this website quickly

Use the ‘Exit’ button if you want to quickly get away from a page on this site. It will take you to the BBC homepage. Remember you will still need to delete your history to reduce the chances of someone finding out you’ve visited this website. Please keep reading to find out how to do this.

Deleting your history

When you use the internet to visit websites on your phone or computer, the software you use is called a ‘browser.’ Some examples of browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome. Using this software to search the internet and visit websites is called ‘browsing.’

Computers store information about the websites you visit. If you’re worried about someone finding out you’ve visited this website, you can remove this information by deleting your browsing history.

But you need to be careful because:

  • getting rid of everything will also get rid of stored passwords for online accounts
  • deleting your history could make someone more suspicious

Alternatively, you can just remove what you don’t want anyone to see. Here’s how you can clear something in your history:

Google Chrome

Internet Explorer

Mozilla Firefox

Safari

Opera

Searching the internet privately

Another way to look at this website without having to worry about anyone being able to trace what you’ve been looking at is by enabling a “private browsing” mode. There are a few ways to do this depending on the browser you’re using:

Chrome: File -> select “New Incognito Window”.

Internet Explorer: Go to Safety – Tools – “InPrivate Browsing”.

Firefox: File -> select “New Private Window”.

Similar options can be found in Opera and Safari.

It will store nothing about your website history and therefore doesn’t leave this information on your computer for other people to find.

Remember to close the private browsing window when you’re finished. If you don’t, someone can use the ‘back’ arrow and see any websites you’ve been looking at.

Exit button

Clicking the ‘Exit’ button will take you to the BBC homepage.