To Cover Your Tracks


How to remove this site from your computer history

Some computer and internet safety tips:

  • Use a computer your abuser cannot access such as one at your local library. After you ‘visit’ a sensitive site that you don’t want others to know about, you can go to a number of random sites to ‘hide’ your activity in the website address drop down bar.
  • Note that a record of the sites you visit will remain on your computer. If your abuser has access to your computer, your site visits may be tracked by looking at these records. Information on where you go on the web is recorded in the Location Bar, History, and Temporary Internet Files or Cache of your browser. To be safe you will want to delete parts or all of the information in these locations. How to do this will vary, depending upon the browser and version number.  Please click here to learn more: How to Delete Internet Browser History
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Email:

 

  • Never send email containing confidential information or information that may threaten your safety if your abuser reads it.
  • Avoid using email programs that are on your computer as your abuser may be able to access your emails by looking in your “sent box”.

 

A good practice is to:

  • Delete sent email from the ‘Out’ or ‘Send’ box, then delete from the ‘Deleted Items’ or ‘Trash’
  • Delete received email from your ‘In’ or ‘Received’ box, then delete from the ‘Deleted Items’ or ‘Trash’

 

Note that even if you are using a computer that your abuser has no access to, emails are stored by the email service provider and a copy may exist with the receiver or sender. Lawyers or police can subpoena this information.