Are you aware of the fact that your computer not only stores your files, documents, images and important write-ups but also everything that you do once you turn your computer on up to the time you turned it off? Everything, from the documents you have written, browser you have used, sites you have visited, the programs you have opened and used, even the passwords not just for your social networking sites but also your bank accounts and other important online passkeys are being stored and even remembered by your computer.
When you log into your computer, or you go online and surf the World Wide Web, some bits of data are being stored into your computer’s memory for later reuse and tracking purposes. These bits of data are commonly known as cookies and they are stored into your machine by the browser you are using because of a web request. These cookies are generally used for authenticating users, storing the users site preferences and to track his session. Most websites require cookies to work. As we now know, these cookies contain much information about the user, you for instance, and if it is encrypted anyone could get their filthy hands on those private information and can now be used by them without your knowledge. Bank accounts and online banking transactions, personal login information and other private data are now open for anybody, even those who are average computer users, to access. If you have been wondering how computers remember your email and password for your networking sites, then this should answer your question.
The browser history is also one way of computer to remember your private information as it will allow other users to track your session from there. Browsers can store sessions even from the first start of use up to the last time you have used it. You may not know it but there is plenty of information about you that are hiding your own computer. Creating documents does not exclude you from the computers effective memory. Once you’re onto something, like creating a word document file, the computer saves the exact copy of the file into its temporary files folder, also known as temp folder. The main purpose of this is for the computer to have a backup of the document you’re creating. However, even if you did not correctly quit the program you have used, the temporary file that was created will not be erased and will stay on the temp folder and these files can add up to your hard drive without your knowledge.
For you to be safe and protected regarding identity theft and other hacking crimes that are so popular over the Web, you must get rid of the files that are hiding in your PC. To be able to do this, you can delete the files in your temp folder and also delete cookies in your browser as well as the browser history. Also, you can install a program that will protect you from identity theft and other hacking like privacy scanners.