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Privacy is a big concern on the web. Passwords, for instance, are pretty much essential to access any site. As a student, I frequently have to use public computers at many locations. That means someone was using the computer before me and and someone else will soon use it after. I often sit down at a computer and find that the person before me forgot to log out. If they checked their email, I can open their window sometimes by a simple click on the browser history. That will give me access to that person's email inbox and all their email files with a few simple mouse clicks.
I've always been "careful" meaning, I log off, restart the computer and thought that was all I needed to do to protect my private browsing. This year I became aware of private browsing. At least a couple browsers . The link is for Google Chrome for PC, It will give you a setting choice for private windows that don't record your history. That seems like a good idea but it's not a perfect fix.
Student computers at schools and libraries are arranged so that when they are restarted, supposedly everything from the previous user is dumped and it's reset without any history. The dirty little secret of Internet browsers today is that they save history to the cloud. That means, if you don't use the private browsing feature and just use the ordinary windows, history will survive a reboot of the computer. What that meant in practice is I was able to access my history a couple weeks after I had used a computer. This freaked me out because someone could simply create a typo and my browser address that I recently visited would spring up.
Is that concerning? It's up to you to decide. What you can do to defeat this is clear your browser history every time you use a public computer and then restart the machine when you leave.