Stay Safe Online

A few simple Steps…

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 which you have recently viewed on the internet.

You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser’s settings. Here are suggestions how to do this depending on your computer’s set-up…

  • Internet Explorer (PC) Pull down Tools menu at the top of the browser and select Internet Options. Click on the ‘Delete Files’ and ‘Clear History’ buttons on the general page.
  • Internet Explorer (Mac) Pull down Edit menu from the top toolbar, and select Preferences. Expand the ‘Web Browser’ item, and select ‘Advanced’. Finally click the ‘Clear History’, and ‘Empty Now’ buttons.
  • Netscape (PC and Mac) Pull Down Edit menu from the top toolbar, and select Preferences. From the Navigator screen, click on ‘Clear History’, and ‘Clear Location Bar’. To clear the cache, select the Advanced option on the left, and then Cache. Finally click ‘Clear Memory Cache, and ‘Clear Disk Cache’.
  • AOL Pull down Members menu, select Preferences. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced, and click ‘Purge Cache’.
  • Firefox Pull down Tools menu, select options, click on the Privacy icon, and click ‘Clear Browsing History Now’ button on the history tab.
  • Opera Pull down Tools menu, select preferences and click on ‘Clear’ on the history tab and ‘Empty Now’ on the cache tab.

If an abuser has access to your e-mail 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.

This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the net, would be at a local library, a friend’s house, or at work.