Cover your tracks
A lot of information is stored on your computer including what websites you have visited, any emails or instant messages sent, online purchases and online phone calls.
If you are worried that someone might check what you have been doing or looking at on your computer then do not use it to get help or advice. Instead you should go to an internet café, visit your local library or a trusted friend. Keep using your computer for any other things that you would normally do.
Clearing your web browser history
You can clear some evidence of the sites that you have visited and any searches you have done by clearing your web browser’s history. This won’t remove all records from your computers memory and someone could find the remaining records without too much of a problem.
Remember – If clearing your browser history isn’t something you would normally do then don’t – this may arouse suspicion.
How to clear your browser
- Internet Explorer (PC): Pull down the tools menu and select ‘Internet Options’. Click on the ‘Delete Files’ and ‘Clear History’ buttons on the general page.
- Firefox (PC and Mac): Pull down the Tools menu and select ‘Clear Private Data’. Tick ‘Browsing History’, ‘Download History’, ‘Saved Form and Search History’, ‘Cache’ and ‘Authenticated Sessions’; then click on ‘Clear Private Data Now’.
AOL: Pull down Members menu, select ‘Preferences’. Click on WWW icon. Then select ‘Advanced’ and click ‘Purge Cache’.
- Safari (Mac and PC): Pull down the Safari menu, select ‘Reset Safari’, click on ‘Reset’ (Safari also has a ‘Private Browsing’ option which you can choose before you browse and turn off afterwards. To use this, pull down the safari menu, select ‘Private Browsing’ and click off when you see confirmation page. To turn private browsing off, choose it from the menu again, and close any windows you’ve used to view private information.
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