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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Check Browsing History using IPConfig and Flash Cookies

Do you know that even you clear your browsing history and other private data other can still trace your browsing footprints? You may thought you are already cleaned once you use use the "Private Browsing" option of your favorite browser but you are wrong. Other people like your administrator can still check the browsing history (other than browser cookies) in two ways: by using IPConfig and exploring Flash Cookies folder.

1. Using IPConfig.
You can test this for yourself by opening up a command prompt and typing in "ipconfig /displaydns". The command will display a full list of cached DNS entries similar to the screenshot below.

Check Browsing History using IPConfig and Flash Cookies

Solution: To clear the cached DNS, execute this command: "ipconfig /flushdns". Take note, you should run the command prompt as administrator when using the command above.

2. Exploring Flash Cookies Folder
Just navigate to "%appdata%\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects" directory to see a list of cookies which named from the website it came from.

Solution: Delete all cookies from that folder manually or use CCleaner to remove all traces automatically. If your using Firefox then you can also try Objection extension.

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