Edge Chromium: Clearing All Data on Close

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated April 6, 2020)


Liz operates a business where they offer in-store computer usage for customers. She has noticed a problem that arises from many of her customers. She's found that many of them will log into websites such as Gmail, Amazon, Facebook and so forth, and then not log out when they are done. Perhaps they think they are automatically logged out when they leave or they don't know how to log out, as some sites don't make logging out easy.

Liz is a concerned business operator. She wants to help keep her customers safe and, in turn, keep her business safe and maintain a level of trust with her customers. She wanted to know if she could easily have all web data be scrubbed on some sort of schedule or without her or an employee having to manually do it.

Liz uses Edge Chromium on her computers and, fortunately for her, this is possible with a simple change to some of the settings within the program. Follow these steps to enable this feature within Edge Chromium:

  1. Press the Windows key and type (without quotes) "Edge", then press Enter. This launches the Microsoft Edge Chromium browser. If you have the app pinned you could also click on the pin.
  2. In the Web Address bar type "edge://settings/clearBrowserDataOnExit" (without the quote marks) and then press Enter. This displays the Clear Browsing Data page of the Privacy and Services section of the Settings page.
  3. Set the toggles for the information you want cleared each time you close the browser. When done, begin surfing the web or close the browser until you need it again. All settings changes take effect immediately. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. Microsoft Edge Chromium system settings Clear Browsing Data.

Now you or Liz can feel comfortable knowing that website data is being removed each time the Edge Chromium web browser is closed. It is important to note that, as a user, the better protection is to never enter your personal information on a public computer.

 This tip (13755) applies to Windows 10.

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2020-04-19 21:33:44


This is a good solution as long as the customers never download anything, like PDF documents that they need to open and print or use a word processor to type and print something. I also had a problem with changes being made to the desktop or programs that I had to fix after some users. I use a program called SmartShield https://centuriontech.com/enterprise/ that prevents any changes to the system and allows every customer to start with a clean setup. Reboot and Restore is another similar program that you can look at as well http://www.rebootrestore.com/. I work in a public library and these programs are an essential part of our setup.

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