Covering Your Tracks

Less privacy means less personal security. You only have to read Dave Egger’s “The Circle” to understand that a loss of total privacy could result in a totalitarian government operating in surveillance. On a more practical level, if you reveal your identity online and insult the company you work for, then you will probably lose your job, thus security.

By running a script on a daily basis to cover your computing activity, you could avoid leaking any activity if one were to inspect your workstation. Just make sure nobody finds out, otherwise, they may get suspicious.

Good procedures to follow:

  • Clear browser history
  • Clear temp files
  • Erase free space with Eraser

These scripts can be automated at startup, shutdown or on a Windows schedule. I suggest downloading CCleaner to help clean out dead files.

:: Clear Chrome History (
@echo off

set ChromeDir=C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

del /q /s /f “%ChromeDir%”
rd /s /q “%ChromeDir%”

:: Run CCleaner

cd “C:\Program Files\CCleaner”
CCleaner64.exe /AUTO

cd c:\