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If someone you know is abusing you, you may not want them to know that you have been looking at this site. If that person can use the same computer as you, it is possible for them to see how you've been using the internet.
The only certain way to prevent anyone finding out what web pages you have been viewing is to use a computer which they do not have access to; this could be at a local library, a friend's house, or an internet cafe.
As there are so many different systems, web browsers and computers, we cannot offer a comprehensive guide to removing any evidence that you have looked at information on a Victim Support website.
However, we have provided a guide to safety and security when using a Victim Support web site below which may help to reduce the possibility of tracing your website use.
Please read this safety warning before looking at our site.
If you are worried about someone knowing that you have visited this website then please read this warning. It tells you how to take steps to increase your safety when using the internet.
This information may not completely hide your tracks. A lot of browsers have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the internet is to use a computer at your local library or a friend's house.
It is possible for someone to see which websites you have visited by looking at your computer's cache file. This stores parts of web pages on your local hard drive for easier accessibility and shorter download times. You can empty your cache file in your browser settings to prevent someone looking at the websites you have accessed.
Follow these directions to clear your internet cache:
On older versions of Netscape: Pull down Options menu. On General page, under Temporary Internet Files click on Delete Files. Under History, click on Clear History.
Connect to AOL to see if this has solved the problem. If not, try this method:
If AOL System Information is not listed in the Programs menu:
Very few internet users know the location of the Temporary Internet Files folder. However, if someone does look at it and notices it is empty they may find this unusual and be suspicious. Overall, the risk of this is low.
The browser history is different from the internet cache as it is located through the browser history function and keeps a temporary bookmark on all of the pages you've previously visited in a period of time.
To prevent anyone seeing your visits to a particular site, it is necessary to follow the directions below. You will need to clear this information every time you look at a site you do not wish someone to see that you have accessed.
If this has been done properly there will be no signs that anything has changed. Be careful not to delete the entire history, as there is a risk that other users will notice that their history has been cleared.
Cookies are small pieces of code left behind by web pages to store frequently requested information. For example, when you click on a checkbox to say 'Save my login information' it then writes a cookie to the hard drive that can be called upon next time you visit the site, preventing you from having to login again.
It is not a good idea to delete all your cookies files because, if you do, all stored passwords, user information, and preferences from various sites will be forgotten and you will have to re-enter all this information. This will be an obvious change. Therefore, you only need to delete cookies from sites that are high risk. This information will need to be cleared after every time you have looked at a site you do not wish someone to see that you have accessed. Also, note that all browsers will allow you to delete a single item.
It is very easy for someone to access your private email - it can and is usually read by unwanted visitors, for example a work email account can be monitored by employers.
Here are some tips for you to follow to make sure your email is secure:
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