07-23-2019 09:20 AM - edited 08-09-2019 09:13 AM
07-23-2019 09:20 AM - edited 08-09-2019 09:13 AM
Instead of manually clearing your browsing data, you can schedule Microsoft Edge to automatically delete it from the browser when you close all windows. This feature allows you to schedule the same data that can be manually cleared.
Here’s how you do it:
Privacy and services / Clear browsing data.
The next time you launch your browser, the data you selected will be cleared. This can be verified by returning to the same page inside settings and observing if you have any data remaining for the toggles you have enabled. You may also visit edge://history to verify your history has been cleared.
If your data has not been cleared, please Send Feedback and include a description of what was supposed to be cleared, if you have any extensions installed, and the amount of data (e.g . 96 Browsing history items) that should be cleared.
Some things to consider:
07-23-2019 01:49 PM
07-24-2019 12:08 AM
07-24-2019 03:20 AM
@Elliot Kirk Nice feature. What would be really cool: The ability to clear all the cruft from a particular page when I close the tab, leaving other tabs alone. Sometime I'm logged into various sites, browsing whatever, and I open an new tab and immediately think "Big mistake - its Google/facebook/twitter related." Then I have to go clear all my cookies etc.
07-24-2019 05:45 AM
I would be interested to know whether this is a simple deletion or a secure deletion. Whether this is of use to me or anyone else in business might well depend on the answer to that.
07-24-2019 02:52 PM
08-02-2019 04:34 AM
08-08-2019 09:33 AM
08-11-2019 04:13 PM
@Elliot Kirk I'd like to see an option for Clear Search Strings. I've noticed that search strings previously used are coming through as top search suggestions. This is true in the standard browsing session but more concerning is that search strings used during InPrivate browsing are also coming through as top search suggestions is the standard session.
So private is really 100% private. :unamused_face:
08-11-2019 05:59 PM
09-01-2019 11:41 PM - edited 09-01-2019 11:47 PM
You can always (also) add a favorite to your favorite bar to Clear Brower Data which is like in a way adding your own clear data/history button. I did it, and all I do is click the icon (or right click to a new window tab) and clear data/history with in a second when I want to clear data. Its: chrome://settings/clearBrowserData (type it in to get to that setting as copy/pasting/clicking link here wont work properly) to do so and than bookmark the tab (star). One can do that, and/or also set clear data upon exit to have both routes or if they watn to clear data/history real fast when needed, but not always want it cleared upon exit. Example:
09-04-2019 02:41 PM
@ericlaw After some further experience especially with Edge for Android I'm starting to think the problem may actually be associated with the keyboard being used. The in-private mode on Edge for Android does not seem to clear out the keyboard data and as a result the words used during an in-private session appear on the keyboard as top suggested words to start your next typing session. Very obvious with SwiftKey keyboard.
I did seem to experience similar behaviour on my desktop browser but not to the same extent.
09-09-2019 10:06 AM
11-15-2019 04:51 AM
I've configured the group policy settings to clear Browsing Data on Close but it's not granular enough for me. I'd like to be able to clear all Browsing Data except browsing and download history.
Is it possible to get that change ?
11-15-2019 02:48 PM
@Paul_H_UK I think you're asking whether browsing data is obliterated (rendered unrecoverable against forensic tools). As far as I know, the answer is no. Depending on your threat model, use of full disk encryption (e.g. BitLocker) may be useful to you.
Obliterating browsing data is difficult in the modern world of SSDs, where there's no guarantee that overwriting a particular piece of data will actually write in the same location on the underlying storage. Obliteration requires overwriting ALL available storage on the disk (which causes wear issues) and still is not guaranteed to be effective.
11-16-2019 05:09 AM
You are correct re your assumption and when I next replace our office PCs encryption will be my way to go. In the meantime, was hoping that there would be at least some level of secure deletion but it seems that that is not the case.
All our PC's have CCleaner Pro running on them which alleviates the problem somewhat - it just seems odd to me that in this day and age of "privacy" that not even basic secure deletion is available through browsers.
I hadn't thought about the SSD issue as none of our machines use them; I was going to put one in a Dell laptop that needs a new hard drive so that is something to think about.