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    Feb 14, 2008
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    Wiping browsing history completely?
    How do you wipe your internet history completely from the computer's hard drive? Does it completely go when you delete it using the history thing on safari?

    As an aside, how do you see how much of the hard drive is used up/left?


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    Jul 15, 2007
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    Don't know about your first question
    but for your second:

    just click on the finder icon in your dock, and at the bottom of the finder window it will show you how much space you have left

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    Feb 19, 2007
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    I suspect that just like deleting any file, it's not truly gone until that address block is written over again. If you're trying to leave no tracks, use the "Private Browsing" feature in Safari. Safari > Private Browsing.
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    May 27, 2005
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    You can go into the preferences and delete all of the cookies and erase the history through the history tab and I would suspect that gets rid of a lot of it.

    To permanently delete it im not exactly sure.

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    Jan 27, 2008
    Beware of "private browsing" in Safari:

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    To REALLY clean up Safari you can delete all the cookies and the history by deleting the files Safari stores them in.

    For Tiger and Leopard, the Safari cookies are at ~/Library/Cookies/Cookies.plist. You can just delete this and you are done with the cookies.

    For Tiger, Safari's history is at ~/Library/Safari/History.plist. Delete this file and the history is gone.

    For Leopard, Safari's history is at ~/Library/Caches/ Delete this file and the history is gone.

    The easiest way to do the above is to create an Automator action or script that does it for you and then just run the action/script manually once a day or so.
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