Internet / Phone Safety Tips

Internet / Phone Safety Tips

Computers can track information about the sites you visit, emails you send, things you download, and other activities. They store this information both on the internet and on the machine itself, and it is impossible to remove. If you think someone is monitoring your computer usage, you may be right. There are a few ways to keep yourself safe.

  • Use a computer that your abuser cannot access, either directly or through remote (hacking) access. Use a computer at a public library, an internet café, or a trusted friend's home.
  • Do not share your email passwords. If you set up a new email account, ask family and friends to not disclose this new address.
  • Do not suddenly change behaviors. If you do not normally delete all of your internet history and clear your cache, doing so may arouse suspicion. If you need to research sensitive topics at home, use a hidden browser for those topics and then fill your history with innocuous websites.

If you need to need to use a computer accessible to your abuser, use a private browser that would not store the history of the websites after the window is closed. Please be aware that there is no way to completely delete the record of websites that you visit. However, browsing in a private window helps mask this action.

Browsing in a private window

Chrome: Right click on chrome icon and open new incognito window, Keyboard shortcut: ctrl+shift+N

Internet Explorer: Right click on icon and open “InPrivate Browsing”, Keyboard shortcut: ctrl+shift+P

Safari: On the Safari Menu, click on File and then select New Private Window

Firefox: Keyboard shortcut: ctrl+shift+P


To delete temporary internet files, cookies (cryptic bookmarks that a Website can place on your computer to acknowledge your visit) and web addresses in your history:

  • Click on the icon that looks like three vertical bars in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Select the History option.
  • At the top of the page, there should be two bars. Select the one that reads “Clear browsing data.”
  • A dialog box will appear. Select the amount of time that allows you to delete the information that hides the search in question.
  • Select Clear browsing data.
Internet Explorer (newer versions)
  • Click on the tools menu on the right hand side of toolbar.
  • Select Delete Browsing History.
  • Select Delete All.
Internet Explorer (older versions)
  • On the menu at the top of the browser window, click on Tools>Internet Options...
  • In the dialog window that opens, click on the "General" tab.
  • In the section labeled "Temporary Internet Files", if you wish to delete all files and cookies, click on the "Delete Files..." button. A confirmation dialog will open asking if you want to delete all files in your temporary internet folder. Click "OK".
  • If you wish to selectively delete files and cookies, click on the "Settings..." button. A dialog window will open. Click on the "View Files..." button. A window will open with a list of all your temporary internet files and cookies. You can highlight the files you wish to delete and hit the delete key or click Edit>Delete.
  • To empty the History folder, click on the "Clear History" button and then the "OK" button.
  • Under History click Clear History.
  • Under Edit click Clear Cache You can also select Private Browsing before using the web. It will not track anything until it is turned off.
Firefox / Mozilla
  • Click on Tools, then Clear Private Data. Make sure to select Cookies, Browsing History and Cache. Click Clear Private Data now.