Netflix also allows you to create multiple profiles. Many households don’t bother with this unless they have children, but if you want to keep your viewing history private, you can create a personal profile and protect it with a password. Click here to learn how to do this as well as access secret Netflix categories.
Most browsers have a similarly easy way to delete your browsing history, and the controls tend to be in your browser’s preferences. Keep this in mind, especially if you’re researching something a little unusual.
For many of us, Facebook is like a sprawling digital yearbook. Maybe you have a family computer, and you usually forget to log out of Facebook. Other people use the same computer, they stumble into your Facebook account, and they notice your conspicuous search history.
If you want to hide past screenings, just go to My Account >> Viewing History. Be advised that items aren’t always deleted immediately; it may take 24 hours for your lists to update on all devices.
Netflix is ending its 5-star user rating system. (Photo: Elise Amendola, AP)
You can use the Amazon app as an additional holiday security measure. Suppose you have purchased a pair of shoes for your spouse, you’ve archived the order, and now you’re waiting for the package to arrive. But you’re receiving so many boxes this time of year, how do you know which delivery to open and wrap?
These tricks will keep things like preferences and search history safe.
1. To clear a single item from your recent search history, find the words “Browsing History” near the top right of the screen
1. At the top right corner of the Amazon homepage, click the word “Orders.”
Archived orders will no longer display when an order page is visited. To view them, you (or someone snooping after you) must go to the dropdown menu at the top of the “Your Orders” page and click on the box with the default setting “past 6 months.” At the bottom of the menu that appears, note the option for “Archived Orders.”
2. You will be taken to a list of your past orders, each separated by date. Note the bottom of the boxes stacked up on the right side of each order that reads “Archive order.”
4. In the next popup window, click the yellow button reading “Archive order.”
As Amazon’s customer service describes it: ” You can archive orders that you’re no longer interested in referencing, hide items from immediate view that may be embarrassing, or keep gifts secret if you share an account with your children or significant other.”
If you really don’t want someone to find out about your Amazon searches, consider doing your browsing from a private (or incognito) window and without logging into your account.
First, make sure you are signed into your Amazon account, and then go to the home page. (There are a few ways to navigate to the point of archiving an order, but we’ll use the most direct approach.)
Here’s the bad news: you can’t actually delete your Amazon order history. In fact, even if you deactivate your account, the company will still have a record of everything you bought from them. So try not to get online at two a.m. after three too many vodka tonics, because everything you order will be a part of your digital record in perpetuity.
Amazon does not allow you to permanently delete your order history, but you can archive it and obscure it enough to render it effectively cleared.