An IT worker’s PSA on the importance of deleting your browser history at work has gone viral with over 53,000 views.
TikToker Cellini Denerio (@theceelife) posted the video to the social media platform this week and viewers seemed to immediately resonate with it.
In the video, Cellini leans forward and speaks directly to the camera. “I wanted to give you all a tip from corporate America,” he says, explaining that it comes from someone who works in his company’s IT department.
“Please listen to me,” Cellini begs his viewers. “If you’re going to look for something at work, whatever it is, always do it in incognito mode, or you know, in a private window.”
Now there’s nothing more embarrassing than having your personal search history appear when you least expect it, so Cellini makes an excellent point with this simple tip. But he has more important information to share.
@theceelife90 DELETE YOUR BROWSER HISTORY EVERY DAY!!!! I promise you will thank me later! Better yet, just look it up on your phone!! #for Business #business tips #Corporate America #work safety #cya #work life #corporatebaddie #information Technology #IT department #the #vlog ♬ SUMMER RENAISSANCE – Beyoncé
“Even if you do it in a private window,” he says, “clear your browser history every time you finish your shift. Every time you clock out, you need to clear your history.”
“I’m trying to save you all because I told you that I work in IT and there are certain things we can do,” the TikToker says. According to Cellini, if a company wants to know an employee’s browser history, it’s very easy for someone from the IT department to find that information. “It’s not that hard honey, I promise you it isn’t,” he says.
Cellini ends the video by telling his followers that if they need to look up something unrelated to work, “Look it up on your phone. Just cut out the middle man.”
In the comments, viewers fully agreed with Cellini. The pinned comment even warns against getting too personal on your company’s instant messenger. “Which act! Also, don’t use the work IM as a previous manager as a personal chat/rant space. Managers can retrieve ANY message/rcvd sent.”
Not only did Cellini like and pin the comment, he responded with another PSA video warning his followers about it. “STOP USING TEAMING TO KIKI WITH YOUR WORK FRIENDS! Text them, honey,” he said.
Another IT-savvy TikTok user also warns that you can “delete anything you want, BUT your browser history is back[ed] on a server.” This user says that “one keystroke” [and] I can prepare a report for your management lol.”
But some users even became paranoid about using their phones for personal searches during work hours. “Can you still see our browsing history on our phones?” someone asked. “I never do anything non-work related to work equipment.” Although Cellini didn’t answer the question directly, he liked it and another user said helpfully: “I also work in IT. Don’t use company WiFi on your phone. Lawd please use your own details.”
The importance of deleting your browser history at work is not new information and many internet security companies like Norton go as far as suggesting delete your cookies also regularly. Many users in the comments offered alternatives to using a work computer for personal web browsing. In addition to using your phone for personal searches, some users also suggested getting a personal VPN if employees absolutely needed to use the company’s Wi-Fi.
However, not everyone seemed stressed by this information and probably won’t start diligently deleting their browser history at work. “My IT spy knows all my cases. I don’t care, I’ll get my history for them,” said one user. “Idc, I keep applying for jobs on their computer lol,” said another.
The News All Day contacted Cellini via TikTok comment.