Is Reset Safari enough? *embarrassing* :(

Trance

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ok I visit a streaming adult site called xnxx. Now I share my desktop, I Reset Safari is that good enough to clear the browser?

don't judge me.
:(
 

artvandelayIII

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Not 100% sure, but I'd think so.

But really, if you're sharing your computer, consider making a separate user account so all your stuff is separated from whoever it is you don't want seeing your secret sites and whatever else. It's a piece of cake to set up, and makes life MUCH easier if you're sharing a machine.
 

Comeagain?

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Yep. I suppose you could get really thorough, and reset safari, and clear the cache, and go to settings and remove all cookies as well.
 

Weaselboy

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ok I visit a streaming adult site called xnxx. Now I share my desktop, I Reset Safari is that good enough to clear the browser?

don't judge me.
:(
A friend of mine tells me most of those sites use Flash and there is data cached in the folder /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Macromedia :D
 

Jimbogiant

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I can't find the thread for the life of me, but I distinctly remember reading a few years back that someone discovered that his brother was watching similar materials on his computer despite his brother making sure to delete his history/reset Safari, etc. He used the Adobe Flash Settings Manager history (http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html) to determine this, which by default keeps a log of all of the sites that you watch Flash videos or see other Flash content on. He then proceeded to make a script that used the iSight camera to take pictures of his brother while he was, ahem, viewing said materials, and also played back some warning/admonition with OS X's built in text-to-speech services, haha.

So, I would be sure to delete this info too, lest the person/people you are sharing the desktop with know of this little cache of browsing history.

James
 

yadmonkey

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Private browsing is helpful and Resetting Safari should do the trick if you didn't use that. If you want to get really thorough, you can also flush the DNS cache through terminal by entering the following command:

dscacheutil -flushcache
 

GGJstudios

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You may also find information in Safari > Preferences > Autofill that you'd want to remove.

To permanently avoid Flash cookies, go to /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/
and lock these folders (after deleting their contents):
ScreenCap 2012-05-24 at Thu, May 24,1.13.38 PM .PNG
 

snberk103

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I would just add that if the other person knows computers and knows you, resetting Safari is like a giant sign announcing that you've been doing something, um, 'embarrassing' .... they may not know which sites...but they'll know it's something and they may go to great lengths to sleuth out what you've been doing.

If you are going to be, um 'embarrassing' yourself on a, um, regular basis.... and you want to cover your tracks a bit better may I suggest you download and install a browser not normally on your system (for example Chrome) to um,
'embarrass' yourself. Then delete it when it done.

You still leave tracks for a determined sleuth.... but they will hopefully not be suspicious enough to go looking. As far as they're concerned the browser they think you're using is keeping a complete log that lists no, um 'embarrassing' visits.
 

chrono1081

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Threads like this make me glad I live alone. No one can search my computer ;)

Honestly even if they did they'd be bored by the lack of porn and over-abundance of CG and programming links :rolleyes:
 

righteye

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ok I visit a streaming adult site called xnxx. Now I share my desktop, I Reset Safari is that good enough to clear the browser?

don't judge me.
:(
Cripes this is getting repetitive, yesterday some chap used his work computer and "accidentally" ended up on a XXX site, be careful out there!
 

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