Cover Your Tracks Online

If you are worried about someone knowing you have visited this website or accessed our services please read the following safety information.

  • Escape quickly to Google’: this blue button at the bottom of each page will allow you to exit the page quickly if someone enters the room
  • Clear websites from your browser history that you do not want your abuser — or anyone with access to your device to see
  • Search in ‘private browsing mode’ to stop websites from being added to your search bar and search history
    • Internet Explorer: Go to Safety – Tools – “InPrivate Browsing”.
    • Firefox: Click the Menu button with three horizontal lines – “New Private Window”.
    • Chrome: Click the Menu button with three horizontal lines and select “New Incognito Window”.
  • Use public computers (i.e. at the library) to do any safety research and planning you need to do if you are concerned with someone monitoring your devices
  • If you are using the text service, consider whether someone else may have access to your phone and pin code—if they do, they may be able to see your messages. Consider changing your phone pin code, deleting messages after a texting session if you have a privacy concern, or using a trusted friend’s phone.
  • If you are using the phone service, you may want to delete the phone number from “Recent calls” after a phone call. Sometimes calls are also logged on shared family phone plans – if you are concerned about this, call your provider or check their website.

If you are using the email service, consider whether someone else may have access to your password. Consider changing your password to increase account security. When you delete an item in any email program (Outlook Express, Outlook, etc.) it does not really delete the item – it moves the item to a folder called Deleted Items. You have to delete the items in deleted items separately. Right click on items within the Deleted Items folder to delete individual items.

If you’d like to know more about online safety or get information and support on tech abuse, you can also visit Refuge’s new Tech Safety website.

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