Internet Safety Tips

There are many different ways to help cover your tracks where internet browsing and your email is concerned. PLEASE REMEMBER: Your computer activities might be impossible to erase. If you think someone could be monitoring you or your actions , please use a safer computer or call a hotline for more information.

Each time you access the internet, the browser you use saves information such as websites visited, passwords, images, etc., in a file called cookies. Cookies should be deleted after each internet use. Please be aware of what is being deleted as not to raise suspicion. Please see directions for deleting history for each browser.

 

Internet Explorer 11: 

 

  • Open the desktop, and then tap or click  the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  • Tap or click the Tools button , point to Safety, and then tap or click Delete browsing history.
  • Select the Cookies and website data check box, and then tap or click Delete.

Internet Explorer 10:

  1. Open Internet Explorer for the desktop.
  2. Tap or click the Tools button, point to Safety, and then tap or click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookies check box, and then tap or click Delete.

Internet Explorer 9:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Tools button, point to Safety, and then click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookies check box, and then click Delete.

Internet Explorer 8: 

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Safety button, and then click Delete Browsing History.
  3. Select the check box next to Cookies.
  4. Select the Preserve Favorites website data check box if you don’t want to delete the cookies associated with websites in your Favorites list.
  5. Click Delete.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the History menu and select Clear Recent History…. For Windows XP: At the top of the Firefox window, click the Tools menu and select Clear Recent History….On the menu bar, click the Tools menu, and selet Clear Recent History….At the top of the Firefox window, click the Tools menu, and select Clear Recent History…
    1. Next. select the arrow next to Details to select exactly what information will get cleared.
    2. Select the select the  now button, the window will close and the items will be deleted.Select how much history you want to clear.  Click the drop-down menu next to Time range to clear to choose how much of your history Firefox will clear.

Email:

If your abuser can access your email they can monitor your incoming and outgoing mail.  If you use your home computer to access email:

  • Select passwords that are not easily guessed.
  • Do not save sign-in information on computer.
  • If you get threatened or harassing email messages, they can be printed and saved as evidence of the abuse. Plus, the messages may constitute a federal offense.
  • Be very careful of opening/saving documents  or pictures.