Does anyone know my secret?
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 (opendns.com/home-internetsecurity) 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.