Take Charge of What Web Sites Know About You
— a “how to” article from MSN Tech & Gadgets
Control cookies, clear your download history, and take other steps to keep snoops off your online trail.
Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and other browsers keep surprisingly accurate records of your online activities, and not just in their history windows. Clearing out the virtual breadcrumbs in your Internet cache and browser histories not only helps preserve your privacy, it also can improve your PC’s performance by letting you regain some disk space. Emptying the cache may even help a balky Web site load correctly. The following tips will help you find out what other people can discover about your browsing habits in IE 6 (with Windows XP Service Pack 2), Firefox 1.5, and Opera 8.51.