Information Technology

Web Browser Settings

With more and more personal data about you now arriving on your computer in electronic format (e.g. your pay advice) and with WISER, UMass Boston email, and Blackboard all using a common authentication system, it is more important than ever for you to have the correct security settings in place, especially if you share your computer with another person, such as in a library, at a kiosk, or in any other public place.

The steps listed below will allow you to clear out personal information from the browser you are using (cookies, etc.) and set your browser to clear the cache (data that is stored on your local computer every time you browse the Internet) and browsing history on exit.

Note: Cookies and cached items can often be useful, for instance Amazon or Gmail will remember who you are from session to session by using cookies. Removing all cookies from your computer will cause such web sites to forget you, your preferences, and your login information. There is nothing inherently bad about cookies, history items, or cached data unless it might be used by someone else. Follow these instructions if you are concerned that someone else might use the computer after you and access your data.

You will need to follow these instructions is you are having trouble signing into a Secure Access (SA) web page, such as WISER or HR Direct. Remember to always sign out of SA systems when you are finished to prevent future problems signing in.

If you have questions about anything in this page, please contact the IT Service Desk at (617) 287-5220 or by email at  ITServiceDesk@umb.edu

Windows — Clearing Browser History and Cache

Internet Explorer

If you would like IE to do this automatically each time you exit, follow these directions:

Set browser to “Delete browsing history on exit”

Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed

Chrome

Firefox

Delete History

In addition to clearing the browser-specific caches (See below) you must manually remove any files your browser downloaded, even if you didn’t mean to.  For instance, if you visited the HR site and looked at your paystub, a copy was placed in the folder to which your browser saves downloaded files; you should delete that and empty the recycle bin.  (Note: the paystubs generally end with SSPUSADV.pdf.) The default location for downloaded files might be the Desktop or the Downloads folder.  Do look for it.

Mac OS — Clearing Browser History and Cache

Note: In addition to clearing the browser-specific caches (see below) you must manually remove any files your browser downloaded, even if only to view. For instance, if you visited the HR site and looked at your paystub, a copy was placed in the folder to which your browser saves downloaded files; you should delete that and empty the Macintosh’s trash. Generally this is the "Downloads" folder, but it might be set to the desktop or any other folder, so be sure to check. (Note: paystubs generally end with SSPUSADV.pdf.)  

Safari

Firefox

Chrome

iPad / iPhone — Clearing Browser History and Cache