Covering your tracks

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An abusive partner can easily find out what websites you have been visiting by viewing the computer's history. You may wish to consider deleting the history to hide which sites you have been looking at.

If you are worried about someone knowing that you have visited our website, there are a number of steps you can take to minimise your risk online.

Most internet browsers save certain information, such as your search history as well as any website that you have visited. There a various ways that you can cover you tracks online. Below is a list of methods that you can use depending on what browser you are using:

Exit this page now button

On our website we have the exit this page now button on every page. You can use this if you ever need to change the website quickly. However, you will still need to delete your history so that we do not show up on there.

Private Browsing

When you’re using the private browsing mode, no information will be stored on your browser or computer about your search history or website history. It won’t stop online services from seeing what you’re doing but if your abuser was to check your computer no results would be found.

Microsoft Edge – go to the three dots in the right hand corner and click “New InPrivate Window”
Internet Explorer – Go to safety, then tools, then click “InPrivate Browsing”
Firefox – Click the “Menu” button with the three horizontal lines then click “New Private Window”
Chrome – Click the “Menu” button with the three horizontal lines and select “New Incognito Window”
Safari – Click on the “File” menu and select New Private Window

Deleting your internet history and browsing history

Microsoft Edge – Go to the three dots in the right hand corner and click on settings. Click “choose what to clear” under clear browsing data and tick “browsing history”, “Cookies and saved website data”, “Cached data and files” and “download history”. Then click clear.

Internet Explorer – Go to the cog symbol on the right hand side of the screen and click on safety. Click “delete browsing history”. Then make sure that “Temporary Internet Files and Website Files”, “Cookies” and “History” are ticked. Then click the delete button.

Firefox – Click the three horizontal lines at the top right hand corner, and then click “History”. Select “Clear Recent History” then select how much history you want to delete, whether that be from the last hour or everything. Make sure that “Browsing & Download History”, “Form & Search History”, “Cookies” and “Cookies”. Then click clear now.

Chrome – Click the three dots then click “History” then history again. On the top left click “Clear browsing data”, a box will then appear. You can select how much history you want to delete, whether that be from the last hour or more. Then make sure that “browsing history”, “Cookies and other site data” and “Cache images and files”. Then click “Clear data”.

Safari – Choose History and then clear history. Click on the pop up menu and choose how far back you want your browsing to go.

Deleting search history from search engines

All toolbars will have their own way of deleting searches and therefore you will need to check the individual instructions for the search engine. For example, with the Google toolbar all you need to do is click on the Google icon, and choose “Clear Search History”.

Emails

If you email us, make sure you delete the email from your Sent box or Inbox as well as your deleted items to make sure that it cannot be found by anyone.