The default option in OS X and also one of the most popular for Mac users, Apple's Safari browser saves several types of data to your hard drive each and every time you browse the Web. Copies of Web pages are stored so that they load faster on your next visit. A record of sites that you've viewed is maintained, in case you need to quickly find a URL from your past history. User names and passwords are securely stashed away so that you won't have to always type them the next time you log in to your email account or your bank's website.
In most cases, the purpose for keeping all of this on your local disk is to provide a more streamlined and efficient browsing experience over time. However, you may not feel comfortable leaving some of this data behind. This can be especially true if you share your computer with others in your household, workplace or elsewhere.
For those Web surfers looking to clear their tracks at the end of a browsing session, Safari offers a convenient interface to manage your private data. Our step-by-step tutorial defines each category of this potentially sensitive information, and walks you through the process of both managing it and deleting it completely.