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Do you ever MN on a shared computer/iPad? Then protect your posts and read this. (Actually, everyone should have a butcher's really)

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 15-Jul-13 13:44:48


We've recently become aware <nods at rather long recent Site Stuff thread) that quite a few of you do your Mumsnetting on a computer/device you share with other people in your household.

And we're guessing most of you lot would rather keep those other folk in your household (lovely as they undoubtedly are) out of your Mumsnet account. Cos it's yours and yours alone, and all.

So, at the risk of sounding a little patronising/headmistressy, we thought it might be a good idea run through some simple precautions you should be taking to protect your Mumsnet identity and stop others having access to your account details.

* First off, please be aware that now, when you log in, our system will automatically keep you logged in unless you tell it otherwise. So, if you want to keep your account away from prying eyes, you need to untick the "Keep me logged in" checkbox when you log in. Once you've done this the first time, the checkbox will then remain unticked every time you visit the log in page - unless you tick the box again.

* Once you've finished MNing (or if you need to leave your computer to pop to the loo/deal with children/answer the door etc), close your browser window. This ensures you are logged out (if you've unticked the checkbox) – and means nobody using the computer after you will have access to your account.

* It's also worth knowing that, in the next couple of days, we'll be streamlining the process of managing MyMumsnet. The most noticeable change will be that you will no longer be asked to log into MyMumsnet every time you go there. In fact, once these changes are in place, you will only be asked for your password in two places: when you want to log in and when you want to change your password.

These changes will make MyMumsnet much easier/simpler to use and we don't think they'll make your account details any less secure, as long as you're taking the steps you we're advising you to take anyway to keep access to your account away from those who share your computer.

We'll let you now when these changes are released. In the meantime, do please feel free to post up any Qs here.

Backpaw Mon 15-Jul-13 13:59:39

And delete your Browsing History too.

differentnameforthis Mon 15-Jul-13 14:32:21

Or use private browsing

OddSockBox Mon 15-Jul-13 14:40:45

Another good thing to do is set up separate user accounts with a password. Don't forget for example that past searches on google might show up.

Lots of browsers have an invisible or private function that you can choose to stop them saving information/history as well.

Eyesunderarock Mon 15-Jul-13 15:07:49

DS and I share a laptop, but we have password-protected log-ins.

secretscwirrels Mon 15-Jul-13 15:16:17

I'm too lazy to make myself log in every time. I don't share my laptop although it's free to anyone in the house should they choose to use it. I do share my iPad with DS2 though, and I check his browsing history all the time, but I don't like MN on the iPad anyway.
Hmm, I will have a play with private browsing.

reelingintheyears Mon 15-Jul-13 17:36:33

Backpaw, i was going to say that!

yournotfat Mon 15-Jul-13 19:30:54

I know I'm daft, but how do you delete your browsing history?

Wingdingdong Mon 15-Jul-13 19:33:44

DH reads MN over my shoulder... Usually when he hears me sniggering. He'd be most peed off if he had to sign up for his own account just to read the Fibrolls picnic thread!

It's a good point though. And if you have Google Chrome or similar make sure that your auto-remember password function is off if you have any concerns about anyone else in the house - or there's a risk of theft, eg you take the laptop out of the house.

alreadytaken Mon 15-Jul-13 19:58:43

yournotfat in chrome its the symbol on the top right that looks like three black bars, then history then clear browsing data

alreadytaken Mon 15-Jul-13 19:59:12

In IE click on tools then delete browsing history

orderinformation Mon 15-Jul-13 20:20:40

How do you do private browsing?

Nagoo Mon 15-Jul-13 21:50:12

its called incognito window on chrome.

Firefox has an option to open a Private Window, and if you want to delete your history then go to the menu --> history --> clear recent history and then you specify exactly what you want to delete (ie page history and search history but not cookies etc)

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 16-Jul-13 01:50:06

I often forget to clear my history. I don't google for pictures of a naked Adrian Chiles, or any other unsavory things.
I have been making doubly sure recently that I do though. We are leaving Malaysia soon. DD doesn't know. My mum sent me and email about schools. DD found it (since she uses my log in on this mac to access her accounts) and asked me what was going on.
Luckily I was able to think on my feet and say she was mistaken, Mum's message was about the new school she thinks she is going to.

FryOneFatManic Tue 16-Jul-13 02:32:05

DP and DCs know what my nickname is, and have read bits of threads over my shoulder. However, they don't know the password, and I am careful about logging off properly every time I leave the pc or laptop unattended. I do ensure I clear browsing history though.

orderinformation Tue 16-Jul-13 06:29:00

Thread hijack but why doesn't dd know you are moving country kreecher?

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 16-Jul-13 06:46:31

Because she is wall of sound. For reasons far too dull to go into, it must remain a secret.
Me and DH were discussing it last night. We will tell her as soon as possible. Won't leave it till we are on the plane flying to the UK.

vintagecakeisstillnice Tue 16-Jul-13 08:10:08

Hi MN,

Is it possible to have a one click log off button, instead of have to go in to the drop down menu?

TheChocolateTeapot Tue 16-Jul-13 08:42:24

Sorry, quick question here from a real numpty. If I enable private browsing on my iPad, does that mean I will lose all the useful "retained" information like my banking/passwords etc........ please reply in words of one syllable

NotAQueef Tue 16-Jul-13 09:50:12

Or you could just do what I do and log in at work click keep me logged in, yet have to log in everytime I close down and come back
realises this is probably because I am perma logged in on my ipad.

Lighthousekeeping Tue 16-Jul-13 15:02:15

Last night I found it impossible to log out and, I was at work as well! blush was their a reason for this? I turned the computer off. Would that have logged me out?

themaltesecat Tue 16-Jul-13 16:46:47

kreecherlivesupstairs, why would you even say something like "naked Adrian Chiles"? WHY?

I just tried this, and I can't delete my browser history (Firefox - went menu, history, clear recent history... but when I then typed in ww to the sear bar lots of previously visited pages popped up...)

I don't have any special need to clear my browser history, but other people do use my laptop... any idea why the clear history isn't working? confused

kreecherlivesupstairs Wed 17-Jul-13 01:19:11

maltesecat - because it's all I want from life. sod health, wealth and happiness for my DD. It's Ade. Nudey.

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