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Family Violence

Cover Your Internet Tracks

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IntroductionSexual Assault

  • Think that the internet is a safe place to get information?  It is, but every time you visit an internet website or search for something on the web, your computer leaves behind a trail of evidence. 
  • So, if you are a victim sexual assault or any kind of woman abuse, you don’t want your partner to find out that you are searching for information on the Internet.
  • There are ways to erase the trails that your computer automatically creates. 
  • Following the steps below should clear your browser’s history and cache files, but it is in no way a guarantee that information will not be left in your browser.  
  • If you are in an abusive relationship and use the Internet to search for information, do not do it on your own computer if possible unless you have a complete understanding of how to erase the browser’s history and cache files.
Remember, there are resources and people you can contact for help to get out of your situation.
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Clearing History & Cache Files in Internet Explorer

  • In the menu, click on Tools.
  • Click on Internet Options.
  • In General Options under Temporary Internet Files, Click on Delete Files. This will clear your browser's cache.
  • Under History, Click on Clear History. This will clear the pages you've recently visited.
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Clearing History & Cache Files in Netscape

  • In the menu, click on Edit.
  • Click on Preferences.
  • In the left-hand column, Click on Navigator and then on the right side Click on Clear History. This will clear the pages you've recently visited.
  • Underneath that, Click on Clear Location Bar. This will clear the list of sites in your browser's location bar.
  • Back in the left-hand column, Click on Advanced. Click on Cache and then Click on Clear Disk Cache. This will clear your browser's cache.
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Clearing History & Cache Files in AOL's Browser

  • In the menu, click on My AOL.
  • Click on Preferences.
  • Click on the WWW icon and then under Temporary Internet Files Click on Delete Files.
  • Then under History click Clear History.
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Cover Your Email Tracks

  • Be sure to delete any outgoing and incoming e-mails.
  • Change your e-mail password often.
  • Print all threatening and harassing e-mails to use as evidence of criminal activity. Do not handle the situation alone - contact the police for help.
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