Does any­one know my se­cret?

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

Is there a way around pri­vate brows­ing? If I used it yes­ter­day, are the logs of the sites vis­ited deleted when I logged out? Could they be re­cov­ered from the Trash with a util­ity some­how? Or are traces of web­sites vis­ited re­ally gone for good? Mark Southon Well, the whole point of pri­vate brows­ing of course is that Sa­fari doesn’t keep any logs to be­gin with, so there isn’t any­thing to re­cover. On your Mac, at least. Some broad­band routers may keep records of the sites that are vis­ited if they are con­fig­ured to do this on their ad­min page, but server logs can be tricky to in­ter­pret. If you are speak­ing from the per­spec­tive of try­ing to keep your se­crets un­der wraps, pri­vate brows­ing is nor­mally per­fectly ad­e­quate. If you need more than that, you can use a web proxy like Tor (tor­pro­ject. org) to dis­guise the spe­cific sites you visit. This won’t do any­thing about sites you vis­ited yes­ter­day though, and it does rather sign­post the fact that you have some­thing to hide.

If yours is the per­spec­tive of the con­cerned par­ent, you are much bet­ter off sim­ply en­abling the parental fil­ter­ing op­tions pro­vided by your ISP. If you want more con­trol than that, you can use Cisco’s OpenDNS (­ter­net­se­cu­rity) as your DNS server. Its VIP ser­vice costs about £13 a year and will keep de­tailed enough logs to let you view ev­ery web­site vis­ited from your home.

By de­fault, most home routers are only con­fig­ured to keep logs about hack­ing at­tempts, but you can change this.

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