Firefox ''browsing'' and ''search'' history

albert_135August 11, 2012

Under tools I can clear "browsing and download history" and I can clear "form and search history". What is the difference between browsing history and search history?

Is there any place that spells out what each and every one of those ''clear recent history" options mean?

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kudzu9

Search history has to do with what terms you entered into a search engine, like Google; browsing history is what sites you actually visited, regardless of whether you did a search for them or not.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2012 at 10:44PM
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DA_Mccoy

Not as wide field a Google search would be, the Firefox Help portal on the browser's Help tab should be adequate.

DA

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 7:52AM
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kudzu9

albert-
The bottom line is that if you want to maintain your privacy and have a more secure computer you can do what I do: set Firefox to automatically clear everything each time I close the browser. This will not harm anything, although it will get rid of cookies so that I have to log in again to any site that requires it, and sometimes to answer a security question for a banking site as the site "doesn't recognize the computer you are using" (because I wiped out their cookie!). However, I prefer that to having tracking cookies on my computer, and I also like the fact that no one can sit down at my computer and have access to certain info by just opening the browser.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 2:04PM
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albert_135

I understand kudzu9's "bottom line is that if you want to maintain your privacy and have a more secure computer you can do what I do: set Firefox to automatically clear everything". No qualms or quarrels with that.

But are there any situations where any of these seven options under >tools>clear recent history have useful functions individually?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 10:10AM
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DA_Mccoy

Viewing speed and convenience. The short definitions on the Delete Browsing History window pretty much says it all.

DA

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 10:37AM
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