Delete your Mac download history in one simple step

Image credit: Dan Century

Use a Mac? Chances are the computer has stored a file of everything you’ve ever downloaded from the internet. Would you like to delete that file to protect your privacy and security, on the off chance someone else gains access to your computer and doesn’t have your best interests at heart?

Follow these simple instructions to see the list of files you’ve downloaded:

  1. Open “Terminal”
  2. Copy and paste this:  sqlite3 ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV* 'select LSQuarantineDataURLString from LSQuarantineEvent' 

Follow these simple instructions to delete all of that data from your machine:

  1. Open “Terminal”
  2. Copy and paste this:  sqlite3 ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV* 'delete from LSQuarantineEvent' 

Note: A couple of people have asked, so I'll tell you all. "Terminal" is under Applications/Utilities. Happy deleting!

After all, privacy matters even if you’ve got “nothing to hide.”

h/t LifeHacker

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