Internet Privacy has become one of the hottest topics around the web. Here at, you must have seen hell lot of articles dealing with Online Privacy. And today, yet again I would be discussing about Browser Privacy and other related stuff.

Some of us install Internet Security software like PC Tools Privacy Guardian to protect our systems against various attacks including the privacy breaches. But how many people understand or atleast care to understand Internet privacy issues? Here is where START PANIC pitches in.

Start Panic tries to raise public awareness for Internet privacy issues on their website. They have implemented a script that will gather information about previously used websites from the user’s web browser. The script works on almost all major browsers like IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari.


I Clear the Web Browser History frequently, hence I am safe

How many of you agreed with me? I was partially wrong. Start Panic script can actually collect information even if the user clears his web browser’s history, cookies and cache regularly. This is because, the current browsing session is recorded normally in all web browsers which usually have options to automatically clear these traces on exit only.

To understand more, go to their website and click on Let’s Start button. It can take a minute or two before the results are displayed. The list should contain the list of websites that you have visited in this browsing session. It might contain more websites if you are someone who don’t delete the history regularly.

The script is not something amazing but the concept and the idea behind this campaign interested me. Internet Privacy is a sensitive yet important issue and everyone needs to address it together.

What you say? Is Internet Privacy just a hype or its a genuine concern? How often do you clear your web history/cache?


Raju is the founder-editor of Technology Personalized. A proud geek and an Internet freak, who is also a social networking enthusiast. You can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter. Mail Raju PP. Follow rajupp


  • Kim Woodbridge

    Hmm…I only clear my history and cache when I have to. One thing I used to do was to selectively accept cookies – I would only allow them for certain sites and the rest were denied. Was kind of a pain at first because I was constantly being asked it I accepted them but it seemed more secure.

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  • stratosg

    Ok so someone could check out the awesome porn sites i visit 😛 So what? Anyway, my point is that my browsing history is not a top secret and i wouldn’t mind if someone would actually find out which website(s) i visit or not. What is something to consider is the safety if your passwords for sites like Paypal but there things are pretty safe so i guess the alarm is pretty false…

  • Nihar

    I don’t think it is hyped. It is a genuine concern.

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  • ricky

    Why is so hype behind that?Is it a serious problem?Enlighten me.There are so many ways to hide urself or surfing anonymously.Who really cares about this issue?

    rickys last blog post..Hack your friend’s account

    • Raju

      in your article on “Hack your friend’s account” you yourself talk about using IE cache to hack the account details. Isn’t browser privacy a serious issue then? And I guess you didn’t get what the post is about. There are lot of ways to surf anonymously, but how many of us do that?

  • Ricky

    You caught me red-handed i agree that it is a big issue if you do not clear your history or data frequently.This article will definitely bring awareness to some people.Thanx for the post.

    Rickys last blog post..Hack your friend’s account

  • Tech @ InkAPoint

    I will do all necessary steps to clear my entire cache and history after my session.

    Hei this post is really a good one.

    Tech @ InkAPoints last blog post..4 Major Threats to Your Domain Name

    • Raju

      Thanks :)