Security and Privacy

In Internet Explorer 11 security is essential. With Internet Explorer 11 privacy is important too. Learn how to manage them here.

Deleting browsing history

Like all browsers, Internet Explorer keeps a record of every website you visit in your browsing history. You may want to remove some or all of your browsing history for the sake of privacy.

To remove specific sites from your history:

  1. Click the Favorites button, then select the History tab.
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  2. Click the drop-down menu to sort your browsing history.
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  3. Right-click the desired site, then select Delete. The site will be deleted from your browsing history.
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To remove all browsing data:

Internet Explorer makes it easy to delete some or all of your history. For example, sometimes you might want to remove only your history from the past hour instead of removing your entire history. You might also want to remove all of your saved pages and cookies but keep your saved passwords.

  1. Click the Tools button and hover the mouse over Safety, then select Delete browsing history...
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  2. A dialog box will appear. Select the browsing data you want to delete, then click Delete.
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  3. The selected data will be deleted.

Private browsing

For added privacy, Internet Explorer also offers private browsing, which allows you to browse online without recording your history or storing cookies. This is a great way to keep your browsing history secret when planning a party or buying a gift for someone who shares your computer.

To create an InPrivate window:

  1. Click the Tools menu and hover the mouse over Safety, then select InPrivate Browsing. You can also press Ctrl+Shift+P on your keyboard.
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  2. An InPrivate window will open, where you can browse privately. While you are browsing, you will see the InPrivate icon in the address bar.
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  3. To stop browsing privately, simply close the InPrivate window.

Private browsing does not make Internet Explorer more secure—it only stops Internet Explorer from saving history and cookies for that session. Don't use a private window to view any websites you wouldn't feel safe viewing in a regular Internet Explorer window.