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What types of information is included in the browser history?

The browser history contains the following information:

Browsing & Download History: Browsing history is the list of sites you’ve visited that are shown in the History menu. Download history is the list of files you’ve downloaded that are shown in the Downloads window.

Form & Search Bar History: Form history includes the items you’ve entered into web page forms for Form auto-complete. Search Bar history includes items you’ve entered into the each bar.

Cookies: Cookies store information about websites you visit, such as site preferences or login status. Cookies can also be used by third parties to track you across sites.

Cache: The cache stores temporary files, such as web pages and other online media, that are downloaded from the Internet to speed up loading of pages and sites you’ve already seen.

Site Preferences: Site-specific preferences, including the saved zoom level for sites, character encoding, and the permissions for sites (like pop-up blocker exceptions) described in the Page Info window.

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