Use a safer computer that your abuser does not have direct access, or even remote (hacking) access to. Public library, community center, friend’s house, or an Internet Café are some locations that will be safer than your home.
Warning – Computers Track Everything!
Computers, browsers, and other software programs store history about what you have done, what documents you have used, what web sites you have visited, what images you have seen, and other activities.
All history is stored on your hard disk. Both your browser and computer keep track of your computer and Internet activity. It may be impossible to completely clear this stored information from your computer.
If you think your computer activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don’t need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone’s computer activities—anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor your computer use.
Browser history, forms AutoComplete, address bar history, search history (Yahoo search history, Google search history, etc), toolbar search history, index.dat files content, index.dat files, browser cache (Temporary Internet files), stored passwords and cookies are files that store your history tracks. Web Browsers keep copies of the Web pages that you visit. This is called caching. Information is kept on your hard drive. You can access those settings to delete cached files. Web browsers also track addresses of the Web pages that you’ve visited.
When you clear the cache and the history list, you erase not only the information on where you’ve been, but any other information that had been previously stored there.
So, if your abuser checks and sees that the cache and the history list have been completely emptied, he/she will not only know that you know how to do this, but he/she might guess that you’re trying to hide something.
One possible way to avoid suspicion is to clear the cache and history once you’re done looking at information you don’t want your abuser to know about. After they’re cleared, spend some time visiting sites that you think your abuser wouldn’t object to. This way, the cache and history list start to get filled up and your abuser might be less likely to notice that old information is missing.
The best place to get information about clearing your computer’s cache is in your browser’s help menu. Also you can search the Internet to find how to clear your cache.
After you have read these instructions and understand what to do, please close your Internet browser. Restart your browser and then follow the instructions to clear your cache making sure that you are not currently on the Verde Valley Sanctuary web site
Email is not a secure or confidential means of communication. Changing your access passwords may help to keep an abuser from gaining access to your email.
Some abusers secretly install GPS tracking and listening devices/applications on their partner’s cell phones. If you are not certain just turn your phone off, even removing the battery.
Computer use can be monitored and it is impossible to completely clear from your computer’s history. If you are afraid your Internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer or call our hotline. If you are unable to use a safe computer, please see the information below for some basic tips on how to remove the more visible history on your computer.
1.800.930.7233 - 24 Hour Hotline
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