Hiding your tracks…


How an abuser can discover your internet activities:


If an abuser 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 an abuser will not be able to guess.

If an abuser 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 abuser 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:

PC web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox & Google Chrome

  • On your keyboard, hold down ‘Ctrl’ and ‘Shift’, then press ‘Delete’.
  • If available, select a time period to clear.
  • Choose which items to clear; typically ‘History’, ‘Cache/Temporary Internet Files’ and ‘Cookies’.
  • Click the ‘Delete’/’Clear’ button.

Safari on a Mac

  • Select ‘Safari’ from the menu bar.
  • Select ‘Reset Safari’.
  • Choose ‘Clear History’ and ‘Remove all website data’.
  • Click the ‘Reset’ button.

Internet App on Android Phones

  • From within the Internet App, tap the Menu button.
  • Tap Settings, then ‘Privacy and security’.
  • Tap ‘Clear cache’, ‘Clear history’, and ‘Clear all cookie data’.

Safari on an iPhone

  • Open the ‘Settings’ App.
  • Tap ‘Safari’, then ‘Advanced’.
  • Tap ‘Website Data’.
  • Tap ‘Remove All Website Data’.

Private Browsing


To avoid leaving any cached/temporary files, cookies or history while browsing the web, your browser should offer a special browsing mode:

Google Chrome

Select ‘New incognito window’ in the menu.

Internet Explorer

Select ‘InPrivate Browsing’ in the ‘Safety’ menu.

Mozilla Firefox

Select ‘New Private Window’ in the menu.


Select ‘New Private Window’ in the ‘File’ menu.

Internet App on an Android Phone

  • From within the Internet App, tap the ‘tab’ icon at the top of the screen.
  • Tap the ‘spy’ icon to enter ‘Private Browsing’ mode.

Safari on an iPhone

  • From within Safari, tap the ‘tabs’ icon at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Tap ‘Private’ to enter ‘Private Browsing’ mode.

Variations in procedures will exist for different versions of the same browser.

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.

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