Private Browsing can be used to disable certain tracking features that can collect your data in most browsers including the default browser on your iPhone and iPad, Safari. Sometimes, you don’t want to turn Private browsing On but only want to get rid of the History section. This post will show you how to do that.
To help you better understand about Private Browsing, we will take a minute to describe what it does. As mentioned above, in every browser on your iOS device, even third-party applications place cookies to your iPhone for advertising purposes as well as saving your information on that particular website. This means the next time you visit a website, it already has the login credentials you entered last time.
This could also be a reason why you may not want to use Private Browsing and that’s totally understandable. Most people wish to have the most out of their Safari browser, except for the queries that appear on their History folder. What you can do is delete it before closing the browser, but that’s quite inconvenient. We will show you a better and faster way to do so.
I came across some of the new releases on Cydia today and found a new jailbreak tweak called SafariSearchHider that allows you to hide searches from the History in your Safari browser without going to private browsing. This means you can continue using the normal Safari mode and still ensure that the searches or websites that you visited don’t show up on your History.
This tweak also provides you with password protected settings and use regexes or wildcard strings to choose which searches will never be saved.
For example, the regex string (panda|fox).*(gif|png|jpg) would make it so any picture of a panda or fox would not save to your search history.
The wildcard string https://*.gov would match any HTTPS government site, making none of them save.
SafariSearchHider is compatible with any iOS 8 devices, you can go to Cydia’s BigBoss repo and download it for free.
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