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Web browser history file

A history file is

the list most Web browsers maintain of downloaded pages in a session so that users can quickly review everything that has been retrieved. However, history files can be cleared or altered easily.[1]

Overview Edit

"A history file records all the Web sites that were visited recently, generally in the last two or three weeks, and also records the individual Web pages accessed at each site.[2] "Erasing a history file does not simply clear the history listing; it also wipes out the list of recently visited Web sites typically shown from the Web browser’s address bar."[3]

References Edit

  1. National Research Council, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, "Youth, Pornography, and the Internet," app. B (Dick Thornburgh & Herbert S. Lin eds. 2002).[1]
  2. NIST Special Publication 800-69, at 3-15.
  3. Id. at 3-16.

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