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What is history and why is it dangerous?

Your computer (well, actually the programs on your computer) track and save many of your actions. For example Windows remembers which programs you have started, Internet Explorer remembers which websites you have visited, Google Toolbar remembers the words that you have searched for, and so on. These traces of your computer activity are commonly known as history.

Contrary to the popular belief that this is done in order to harm you as part of some sort of worldwide conspiracy, history is actually used for the purpose of making your computer experience more convenient. However, as in many other cases, the good things can be used for bad purposes. In this case the information about your computer habits can be used from someone to gather very private information about yourself and to harm you, your work, your business, or your family. The privacy threats include many more things than history. Nevertheless, history is one of the most obvious traces and is very easy to abuse.

There are two general ways to deal with history. The first one includes manual search and delete of history traces on your computer. The problem with this approach is that it is very tedious and error prone process, and (which is even more important) there are many kinds of history that are impossible to delete manually. The second way is to use specialized privacy-protection program, like Mil Shield that will clean all the traces for you. In addition Mil Shield will clean the content of index.dat files along with history, cookies, cache, UserData records, AutoComplete and any other information about what you have done in Internet or in your PC.

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Although the usage of Mil Shield does not require much (or any) knowledge about history, you can read the next chapters of this article in order to find out what kinds of history are there and how you can delete them.

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