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Chapter 20
Protecting Your Privacy
Windows 8 keeps track of all activities you do on your computer. It records the
websites that you visit, the addresses that you type in, the applications that you
launch, and even the files that you open. Why does it do this? All the
information is used to tailor your computer experience and power features designed
to make Windows easier to use, such as the recently opened documents lists.
Your browser history is used to suggest websites when you start to type a URL
to save you a few keystrokes. These features can be very useful, but they also
expose what you do on your computer to anyone who sits down in front of it.
The documents you open, personal letters you write, the websites you visit,
and the applications you use equate to an enormous amount of personal data
that most users would like to keep private. Maybe you want to keep what you
do online secret or just keep financial documents away from the kids—either
way, this chapter is for you. I show you how to configure Windows 8 so it is
easy to use but mindful of your privacy.
Internet Explorer Privacy
Internet Explorer is one of the most difficult parts of Windows to clean because
it stores your data in many folders and files across the computer. Every time you
want to clean your Internet Explorer history, you need to clear recent addresses,
remove history files, erase temporary web files, and remove cookies. The first
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