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#37003 - 11/05/15 08:34 AM Safari History Query - El Capitan
Douglas Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Seattle, WA
Recently upgraded from Mavericks to El Capitan. Just noticed that if I 'Clear History', it not only clears the websites that I have visited, it also deletes the sign-in and passwords as well. Is this some sort of security change? In Mavericks I could clear history and it would just eliminate the web sites I visited and not the sing-in or passwords.

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#37005 - 11/05/15 09:05 AM Re: Safari History Query - El Capitan [Re: Douglas]
jchuzi Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Safari does warn you about that if you click Clear History (and thanks for pointing this out; I have never done it). A quick look at OnyX shows that that app allows you to clear History separately from other things. I don't know if that will delete logins and passwords as well, so your on your own. Use the Cleaning tab and select Internet.
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#37009 - 11/05/15 10:31 AM Re: Safari History Query - El Capitan [Re: Douglas]
dkmarsh Offline
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Registered: 08/04/09

This annoying change was ushered in with Yosemite. However, there is a relatively simple workaround. (Note: I'm using Safari 9.0 in Yosemite, but I suspect the procedure is the same for El Capitan.)

From Safari's History menu, choose Show History. In the window that opens, you can clear individual entries, a day or days, or your entire history. See How to Clear History But Not Website Data in Safari 8 for more details. Note: on my Mac mini with 4 GB of RAM, clearing weeks' worth of history ties up Safari for quite awhile; it's clearly a memory- and processor-intensive operation.
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#37012 - 11/05/15 11:35 AM Re: Safari History Query - El Capitan [Re: Douglas]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: Douglas
Recently upgraded from Mavericks to El Capitan. Just noticed that if I 'Clear History', it not only clears the websites that I have visited, it also deletes the sign-in and passwords as well. Is this some sort of security change? In Mavericks I could clear history and it would just eliminate the web sites I visited and not the sing-in or passwords.

that's happening on Yos also isn't it? It's a safari thing more than an OS thing?
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#37016 - 11/05/15 05:31 PM Re: Safari History Query - El Capitan [Re: dkmarsh]
Douglas Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Seattle, WA
Thanks dkmarsh, greatly appreciate the workaround. I just Cleared History and it took me a couple of times to connect the dots when I realized all my other website data was cleared too.

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