Minimize the Access Other People Have to Your Information
It is probably easy for you to identify people who could gain physical access to your computer—family members, roommates, co-workers, members of a cleaning crew, and maybe some others.

  • Lock or log-off your computer when you are away from it. This prevents another person from waiting for you to leave and then sitting down at your computer and accessing all of your information.
  • You should also be aware of your Internet cookies setting. Cookies are short pieces of data used by web servers to identify users. Some cookies are useful for storing images and data from websites that you frequent, but others are malicious and collect information about you. You'll have to decide how much risk from cookies you can accept.
 
How to Remove Tracking Cookies
One step towards protecting your privacy is to delete the cookies in your browser. Note that in addition to providing you with privacy from nosy ad tracking services, this will also delete any passwords or login information that you have saved in your frequently visited sites.

To Remove Tracking Cookies in Internet Explorer

  • Press CTRL + Shift + DEL to open the Clear Browsing History window.
    - or -
  • Open Internet Options by clicking the Start button on your computer (bottom left-hand corner of your screen)
  • Select Control Panel
  • Select Internet Options
  • On the General tab, under Browsing history, click Delete
  • Select Cookies and click Delete; you may be asked to confirm that you want to delete them
  • Click OK

To Remove Tracking Cookies in Firefox

  • Press CTRL + Shift + DEL to open the Clear All History window.
    - or -
  • Open the Tools menu at the top of your browser window
  • Click on Clear Recent History
  • At the top of the pop-up window, set the time range to clear as Everything
  • Click the arrow next to Details to expand the menu and select Cookies from the list
  • Make sure that any items you do not wish to delete are unchecked
  • Click Clear Now

To Remove Tracking Cookies in Google Chrome

  • Press CTRL + Shift + DEL to open the Clear Browsing Data window.
    - or -
  • Click on the wrench icon at the top right of the browser toolbar
  • Select Options
  • Select the Under the Hood tab, usually found in the left hand tool bar
  • Click Content Settings
  • Next to Cookies, selecting "Clear cookies and other site data when I close my browser" will automatically keep cookies from being stored
 
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