It is possible for someone with computer skills to track your email and the web sites you’ve visited.
If an abuser has access to your email account, he or she may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password that’s difficult to guess.
If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, print and save the messages as evidence of this abuse and report it to police.
To hide your internet activities, you’ll need to clear both the “History” of the websites you’ve visited as well as the “Cache”, where recent web pages you visited may be stored.
You need to know if you use INTERNET EXPLORER, CHROME, SAFARI or FIREFOX to view the Internet because each browser clears its history in a different way. If you’re not certain which browser you use, click “Help” at the top of your browser and click the “About” button.
If you use a different browser than the four mentioned above, check your “Help” files for clearing instructions.
If you are using INTERNET EXPLORER:
- From the Tools menu at the top of the screen, click INTERNET OPTIONS
- Click the GENERAL tab in the small pop-up screen that appears.
- From the Temporary Internet Files section, click the button DELETE COOKIES. In the next pop-up window click OK.
- From the Temporary Internet Files section, click the button DELETE FILES. In the next pop-up window check DELETE ALL OFFLINE CONTENT, then click OK.
- From the History section, click the button CLEAR HISTORY
- Click OK.
If you are using CHROME:
- From the HISTORY menu at the top of the screen, click SHOW FULL HISTORY.
- On the next screen, click CLEAR ALL BROWSING DATA.
If you are using SAFARI:
- On the top menu, click HISTORY.
- On the drop-down menu, select CLEAR HISTORY.
If you are using FIREFOX:
- From the Tools menu at the top of the screen, click OPTIONS
- Click the PRIVACY button from the left side menu.
- Click the button CLEAR ALL
- Click the button CLEAR ALL INFORMATION
- Click OK.
Clearing your “History” and your “Cache” makes it more difficult for someone to know where you’ve surfed.
However, someone with greater computer skills may still be able to track the internet sites you’ve visted.
To be on the safe side, use a public place such as a library, school or an internet café to access Family Transition Place’s website.