It is very important that if you are seeking advice by viewing our website and other similar resources that you ensure that your abuser does not find out as it could add more complications to your situation. Below are some suggestions to how you can make your online activity safer.
Use Another Computer
When possible use either a Public computer (You can visit your local library) or you can visit a trusted friend and use their computer.
Delete Previous Viewing History
If you cannot use another computer, it is important to hide your browser viewing history as your abuser might easily check this. Below are the most common browsers and how you can clear your viewing history:
Internet Explorer: Settings (Cog), Safety, Delete browsing history
Mozilla Firefox: Click the menu button / or top menu bar if using a Mac, choose History, and then Clear Recent History…
Safari: Safari (top menu bar), Clear History and Website Data
Google Chrome: Chrome, Clear Browsing Data
Browse future sites in ‘Private Mode’
If you have already cleared any previous history, you might want to avoid any suspicions from your abuser (who might wonder why the history is not stored). To do so you can go into ‘private mode’ which is a feature on most modern internet browsers. Any websites you visit, no history is stored so you do not need to clear it every time. In that way you can still visit other pages (Facebook, Youtube, etc) normally so that you still keep a ‘normal viewing history’. To enable Private Mode see the general instructions below based on your browser:
Internet Explorer: Settings (Cog), Safety, InPrivate Browsing
Mozilla Firefox: Click the menu button / or top menu bar if using a Mac, File, new Private Window
Safari: Safari (top menu bar), File, New Private Window
Google Chrome: Chrome, New Incognito Window