WARNING – Cover your tracks!
How an abuser can discover your internet activities…
Please take a few minutes to read the warning below and to take steps to increase your safety when using the internet and the Andover Crisis & Support Centre Website. This is not 100% safe but will help cover your tracks.
If an abuser has access to your email account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password that an abuser will not be able to guess.
If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. The messages may constitute an offence.
History / cache file:
If an abuser knows how to read your computer’s history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), they may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet.
You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser’s settings, by:-
Pull down Edit menu, select Preferences. Click on Navigator (this may be a tab at the top or an option in a list on the left). Click on ‘Clear History’. Then click on Advanced (this may be a tab or an option in a list on the left. If it’s in a list, click on the + sign). Then select ‘Cache’. Click on “Clear Disk Cache”.
On older versions of Netscape: Pull down ‘Options’ menu. Select Network Options, Select Cache. Click on “Clear Disk Cache”.
Pull down View menu (in the row at the top of the browser), select Internet Options. You should now be on a tab that says ‘General’- if not, select ‘General’. Under the title ‘Temporary Internet Files’ , click on ‘Delete Files’ and ‘Delete Cookies’. You can also check the box that says delete all offline content. Then under History, click on ‘Clear History.’ For ‘Days to keep in history’ set this to zero and for ‘Settings’ under amount of disc space, set this to 1. Then click OK at the bottom. If you do not find these options under the View Menu, they can be found under the Tools Menu.
Pull down Members menu, select Preferences. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced. Purge Cache.
This information relates to PC users only (not Mac users) and may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the internet, would be at a local library, a friend’s house, or at work.