The history in web browsing terms refers to the group of websites and web services that have been visited previously. Depending on the settings the history can contain the websites that have been visited on that day, the individual browsing session or several days.
Why is the browser recording the history? To give the user a tool at hand to open previously visited websites.
Browsers like Firefox integrate the history by default in other parts of the browser. This includes for instance the address bar. Firefox will search the bookmarks and history to display suggestions when you begin to type in the address bar.
The default options to delete entries from the web browsing history are limited. It is possible to remember the history, or force Firefox to ignore the history.
The Library is the main management tool for the Firefox browsing history and bookmarks. Here it is possible to edit and delete individual history items. But that's obvious not an optimal solution. The Firefox add-on History Deleter offers a better automated history management solution.
History Deleter enables you to configure history deleting rules for specific pages, domains or titles. The following rules are available:
The add-on can execute the deletion on Firefox exit, when the history exceeds a certain number of entries or on demand. The rules can be modified for each entry individually. It is for instance possible to configure automatic deletion of entries for specific domains so that they never appear in the history after the browsing session.
The options page offers link checking and statistic generation parameters. Here it is possible to change the link checker interval, the number of concurrent connections or the page fetching interval.
History Deleter offers web browsing statistics of the browsing history. The main purpose of the add-on is however to add a rule based management of the history to the Firefox web browser, and in particular better options of deleting individual items.
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