time machine and web history

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  1. voyager1 macrumors newbie

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    Simple question: i've just bought a wd my book 2tb time machine compatible hard drive. I don't want it to store my internet history. can i simply turn it off when browsing and do nothing else? all the web questions refer to safari useage and nothing about chrome. even if i did find a way to exclude chrome history i have read time machine would still store other info related? if its just a matter of turning off that would be easier. many thanks
     
  2. smellalot macrumors 6502

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    What you need to do is exclude the directory of your webbrowsing history from the backup. You can add excluded folders in time machine settings.

    I believe the folders you are looking for are:
    ~/Library/Safari/
    /Library/Safari/
     
  3. LiveM macrumors 6502a

    LiveM

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    Besides turning Time Machine on and off, you can use Private Browsing and you can exclude folders from your backup.
     
  4. voyager1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the all the replies. Two things 1) i have not read anywhere what files to exclude for chrome all the talk is about is about safari. i have also read that time machine would keep some info about browsing with chrome even if chrome history was excluded so that is not an option. going back to turning off time machine manaully can i rest assured that with time machine off it is fully unoperable and is not backing up any files, web useage or anything else. some reports say it continues to work even when the slider is in off to some degree even if not fully?
     

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