HOW AN PERPETRATOR CAN DISCOVER YOUR INTERNET ACTIVITIES
Please take a few minutes to read the warning below and to take steps to increase your safety when using the internet and this website.
If a perpetrator has access to your email account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password that a perpetrator will not be able to guess. If a perpetrator sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. The messages may constitute an offence.
History / cache file:
If an perpetrator knows how to read your computer’s history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), they may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet.
You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser’s settings.
- On older versions of Internet Explorer: Pull down View menu, select Internet Options. On General page, under Temporary Internet Files, click on “Delete Files”. Under History click on “Clear History.”
- Firefox: From the Tools menu, select “Clear Private Data”. You will be presented with a list of options of what should be deleted. Make sure all the boxes are ticked, then click “Clear Private Data Now”.
- Chrome: Click on the Tools menu (Wrench icon), and select “Clear browsing data …”. You will be presented with a list of options of what should be deleted. Make sure all the boxes are ticked, then click “Clear Browsing Data”.You can also browse in “Incognito mode” using Google Chrome, stopping any sites you visit from being logged on your computer. Click on the Tools menu (Wrench icon), and select “New incognito window”. None of the sites you visit using this browser window will be logged.
- AOL: Pull down Members menu, select Preferences. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced. Purge Cache.
- Netscape: Pull down Edit menu, select Preferences. Click on Navigator on choose ‘Clear History’. Click on Advanced then select Cache. Click on “Clear Disk Cache”.
This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the internet, would be at a local library, a friend’s house, or at work.