Abusers who have basic computer knowledge may be able to track the Web sites that you visit and the documents that you open on the computer. You can erase your internet history so that nobody who uses your computer can see what Web pages you visit.
WARNING! EVEN IF YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW YOUR ABUSER MAY STILL BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT WEB SITES YOU HAVE BEEN VISITING OR WHAT EMAILS YOU HAVE BEEN SENDING.
The safest way to keep the abuser from tracking your online activities is to use a computer that he or she does not have access to. This could be at a public library, a friend's house, or at work. If you are sending an e-mail message asking for help, make sure you use an email account with a password that the abuser does not know.
If you must use a computer your abuser can access, you can attempt to cover your tracks by doing the following:
Below are directions for clearing cookies, temporary Website files and the browser History. For information, you also can refer to your software “Help” menu or technical support.
You may want to make it a habit to clear History whenever you visit any Website, rather than making it an unusual action only when you visit a partner abuse Website. By clearing your History you will not harm your computer in any way. However, should your abuser click on History, he/she may realize that you or someone has deleted the history records. If this happens, and you are the only other person using that computer, a good reason to give for your actions (if necessary) would be that you heard or read that by deleting these temporary history files your computer would be faster and waste less disk space, which is true.
Figure out what web browser you use: The name of your web browser should be displayed in the title bar of this window. For example, it would say "Sanctuary for Families - Microsoft Internet Explorer" at the top of this window if you are using Internet Explorer. Or it would say "Sanctuary for Families - Mozilla Firefox" if you are using Firefox.
Cookies and Temporary Website Files: The directions below describe how to clear temporary Website Files. Usually in the same location is a tab to Clear Cookies, as well.
INTERNET EXPLORER 5.XX, 6.XX, 7.XX FOR WINDOWS
Browser software usually keeps a chronological history of all Web pages that you visit while online. For your safety, you may want to delete the record of Web pages you have visited. It is a very simple process that will not in any way affect your computer other than to erase the fact that you have visited certain pages.
WINDOWS 95 AND HIGHER
The History can be cleared in two ways: either one item at a time or all items at once. To clear one item at a time: