Commission on Domestic Violence
Taking all of the actions on this
page may not prevent an abuser from discovering your
email and internet activity. The safest way to find
information on the internet is to go to a safer
computer. Suggestions are: a local library, a friend's
house or your workplace. Other safety suggestions:
change your password often, do not pick obvious words
or numbers for your password, and pick a combination
of letters and numbers for your password.
HOW AN ABUSER CAN DISCOVER YOUR INTERNET
email: if an abuser has
access to your email account, he or she may be able to
read your incoming and outgoing mail. if you believe
your account is secure, make sure you choose a
password he or she will not be able to guess.
If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing
email messages, they may be printed and saved as
evidence of this abuse. Additionally, the messages may
constitute a federal offense. For more information on
this issue, contact your local United States
history / cache file:
if an abuser knows how to read your computer's history
or cache file (automatically saved web pages and
graphics), he or she 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.*
Pulldown Edit menu, select Preferences. Click on
Navigator on choose 'Clear History'. Click on
Advanced then select Cache. Click on "Clear
On older versions of Netcape: Pulldown Options
menu. Select Network Options, Select Cache. Click
on "Clear Disk Cache".
Pull down Tools menu, select Internet Options. On
General page, under Temporary Internet Files,
click on "Delete Files." If asked, check
the box to delete all offline content. Still
within the Temporary Internet Files section, click
on Settings. (This next step may make it harder to
navigate pages where you'd like your information
to be remembered, but these remaining cookies do
show website pages you have visited. Therefore,
use your own judgment as to whether or not to take
this next step). Click on "View Files."
Manually highlight all the files (cookies) shown,
then hit Delete. Close that window, then on
General page under History section, click on
Pulldown Members menu, select Preferences. Click
on WWW icon. Then select Advanced. Purge Cache.
Additionally, a victim needs to make sure that the
"Use Inline Autocomplete" box is NOT
checked. This function will complete a partial web
address while typing a location in the address bar at
the top of the browser.
If you are using Internet Explorer, this box can be
found on the MS Internet Explorer Page by clicking on
"Tools" at the top of the screen, then
"Internet Options," and then the
"Advanced" tab. About halfway down there is
a "Use inline AutoComplete" box that can be
checked and unchecked by clicking on it. Uncheck the
box to disable the feature that automatically
completes an internet address when you start typing in
the internet address box.
* 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.
For help call the National Domestic Violence
1-800-799-SAFE 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)