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There are times when you would just like to look back into the past. That’s true about our browsing sessions as well. That forgotten life hack. The great website you failed to favorite. Or just a “tip of my tongue” bit of trivia that slipped away.

And it’s even worse when you try to search your browser’s history only to realize that you recently cleared the history cache.

That won’t be a problem anymore with History Search. With this extension, you can search through your browsing histories on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, and Safari. Just download the right extension for your browser.

History Search stores all browsing activity on a secure cloud account.

Do a full-content search of the pages you browse. Unlike Google’s Search History, you can do a text search of the entire webpage (or site) with History Search. It can store up to 3,000 complete webpages from your browsing history and content from your favorite 50 websites.

But let’s say you don’t want to register a central cloud account. You can continue unregistered with the facility to search across 500 webpages.

There is also a Premium version of the cloud service, which keeps more than 15,000 webpages and 1,000 favorites websites. There are some excellent features too, like the ability to sync 10 browsers to the cloud. But let’s stick to the free version for now.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Install the extension for your specific browser.
  2. Sign up for free from the extension or continue unregistered if your history search needs are low.
  3. Use keywords to do a full content text search. Search with any word, phrase, or sentence you remember.
  4. You can also use Google to find those pages again. History Search activates In Google results that lets you search history and Google simultaneously.
  5. Sort by List or Domain to view results in a neat list or grouped by domain.

History Search is a useful solution for researchers who do concentrated bursts of search and need to jump in and out of webpages. But the free version could also appeal to casual users who hate deleting browsing sessions for fear of losing something.

However, the curation of browsing histories is a sensitive privacy topic FOR SALE: Your Browsing History -- So What Can You Do? FOR SALE: Your Browsing History -- So What Can You Do? An FCC ruling that the ISPs must obtain permission from customers before selling personal data could be reversed. Your ISP is about to set a price for your personal data. How can we fight back? Read More . History Search has a security policy in place with industry-standard encryption to secure your data, but the risks are still there. Weigh utility against risk on your own personal scale before using this extension.

Does History Search fill a need for your online research?

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  1. BeedleTheBard
    July 26, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    The title of this article is misleading. It should be "Search Your Browsing History Even After It's Been Cleared with This Extension".

  2. Antli Va
    July 26, 2017 at 11:52 am

    From their Privacy Policy:

    3. COLLECTION OF PERSONAL DATA

    History Search collects your personal data in order to be able to provide the
    Website and Services to you. We collect personal data in two ways:

    3.1. When you provide it directly to us. We collect information about you
    whenever you register and create an account, when you modify your
    account, when you use, access and interact with our Services. Therefore,
    information we collect from you includes:
    3.1.1. personal contact information: name, email address, address,
    phone number, etc.;
    3.1.2. profile information: username, password, etc.;
    3.1.3. preferences information: notification, black listed urls and
    marketing preferences, etc.;
    3.1.4. content: any personal and company sensitive information that
    you choose to create, input, submit, upload, store or display
    in the processes of using our Services, etc;
    3.1.5. other submissions: information you submit to us as you
    communicate with us via e.g. third party social media sties,
    etc.;

    If you ask me, I would not participate in one additional sharing of my username /password of all my web accounts out there.

    I'll pass!

    • Martijn Verbove
      July 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Dear Antli Va,

      I'm Martijn —one of the people behind History Search—and I see that this statement might be confusing. However, section 3.1 only referrers to information you use to create or use your History Search account.

      Also the History Search tool never collects any data you add into fields on websites, and so doesn't collect any usernames or passwords you input when using other web services.

      Additionally we do not access data in anyone's personal cloud storage, and have a policy similar to any other cloud service out there.

      For any questions please contact me at any time the live chat on our website.

      Have a greet weekend!

      Kind regards,
      Martijn

      • Antli Va
        July 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm

        Thank you for the clarifications provided. The user needs to know that whenever he -for example- visits his gmail account, you won't collect his username/password. I do think that you should revise the policy and make it clearer to the user, otherwise it is very easy for 3.1.1 to seem very misleading.

        Good luck with your service.

        • Martijn Verbove
          July 31, 2017 at 5:24 am

          Good morning Antli,

          You are absolutely right, it would be unacceptable if the service performed such actions. Thank you for pointing this out, this input is very important to us. We will definitely review this section and clarify it where necessary.

          Our company vision is a future where individuals have the means to collect their own data, and use it to purposes that benefit themselves—with Personal Search Engines services like History Search. The Company mission is to develop these means.

          Kind regards,
          Martijn

      • Saikat Basu
        July 31, 2017 at 11:09 am

        Thanks for the clarifications, Martijn.