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This is a Firefox plug-in that might make you very happy! Close n’ Forget does one thing and it does it well. We all browse through websites that we might be embarrassed about. There are web searches you do that you would NEVER EVER want others to see.

Yes that is why you learned about your Web History and cookies. You even know how to delete them when you are done with your porn your research. But what happens if you forget? Will you be fired, divorced or worse?

If this has you worried then Close N’ Forget is the plug-in for you!

Simply browse on over to their plug-in page here (in French) and you can do your due diligence and read up on it here in English.

After running through the plug-in installation you will have a right click option that looks like this:

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The red X followed by “Close and erase cookies for the current site” is Close N’ Forget’s icon. Now for easier use we will add it to our FireFox’s favorite quick links by following these steps:

  • Right Click on your tool bar at the top of your browser. And choose Customize.

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  • Select the Close and forget button, you might have to scroll down. It will look like this:

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  • Simply drag and drop the icon to your favorites bar and you will see it as the red x icon like this:

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Now that we have the icon readily available to us let’s look at the options. This is what will happen when you hit that magic red x. We can see and configure the settings by going to our add-on manager within Firefox. You go to Tools ““> Add-ons.

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Select Close N’ Forget and then hit options. You can tweak exactly what it will junk with the options above.

The Author says:

Thanks to a few simple options, you can control how your privacy is protected when you close a tab with Close’n Forget. To do that, simply go to the extension manager and open the Close’n Forget options dialog.

You can then activate or not the cookie removal, and you can extend it to all subdomains of the current page’s domain. For example, if the page currently loaded in the tab is http://www.foo.com/bar.html, you can remove cookies for www.foo.com and for .foo.com, but also for media.foo.com, ad.foo.com, tracker.foo.com and so on !

You can also remove the visited site from the browser’s history.

Now let’s put it to work!

You do some super secret browsing and then you go and hit that red X on your toolbar. The button glows an eerie redish brown when you hover over it to help you distinguish it from other  buttons. Hit the button and it closes the active tab and displays a message at the bottom of your browser like so telling you what it did. If nothing appears nothing was removed:

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So with the right options selected (all of them!) you can safely and securely remove whatever site you want from your browsing history. But remember if someone is watching you with monitoring software this will not help!

How do you protect your browsing history and how do you get rid of nasty entries from your history? Do you automate it or do you do it manually? Share your methods with us in the comments.

  1. brb
    April 16, 2009 at 2:51 am

    but is there a product out there that will 'secure delete' the cached images etc? Seeing as simply deleting the data doesn't actually remove the data from your computer it can still be 'found'. Unless I have missed something... If there isn't, where are the cached images stored in Firefox on Mac OSX to manually secure delete?

  2. Chris
    April 16, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I tested it out and found a bug straight away.

    Websites you've entered in the address bar and History are two separate things. It doesn't have the ability to delete the website if you've entered it into the address bar, which you most likely have. So if you're trying to not get caught on something, chances are with this you're still going to, unless you manually delete it.

  3. Sphex
    April 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Caution -- if you use CookieCuller, this may delete "protected" cookies regardless of originating site!

  4. X
    April 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    From Firefox 3.1 beta 2 onwards there is a "Private Browsing" mode. In Internet Explorer 8, there is the "InPrivate" mode and in Google Chrome there is the "Incognito" mode.

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