We suspect that most Internet users out there would have, at some point, cleared their Internet browser history.
That means removing a history of all those websites you’ve visited in the past. There are a number of reasons why this is a good idea. It prevents any marketing software from getting an insight into your surfing penchants. It protects your privacy if your computer ever gets stolen or compromised. And of course, there are some genres of website we’d prefer people didn’t know we frequented.
But it’s not just your Internet browser that keeps a record of your browsing history. Facebook does too. In fact it keeps a pretty detailed report of your Facebook “stalking” by keeping a list of all the searches you’ve made on Facebook.
In fact, everything you’ve typed into the Facebook search bar – whether it’s the name of a friend, a stranger or a page – gets stored in your Activity Log.
As you’d expect, this list gives a pretty good insight into where you’ve been going on Facebook. Of course only you can see this list of searches, but that’s not much help if someone manages to gain control of your Facebook account, if only for a while.
There is good news though, this list of searches can be cleared. If you don’t want to risk letting others know what (or who) you’ve been searching for on Facebook, we’d recommend deleting this largely useless record of searches.
It’s simple to do. On Facebook for desktop, go to your Activity Log by clicking on the down arrow in the top right and selecting Activity Log (below) or for Facebook for mobile simply open the Facebook app, hit the main settings icon and scroll down to Activity Log.
For Facebook for desktop, underneath Comments on the left hand side, click MORE (see below.) Then select Search. For Facebook for mobile, hit Filter, and then down to Search.
This gives you the record of everything you’ve searched for on Facebook. At the top of the list there is an option to Clear Searches. If you want to remove this history of searches, that’s the option you need.
And voila – no more record of all your Facebook searches.