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Clearing Your Internet Viewing History


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Web Browsers store a history of all the pages you visit during your time on the Internet. If your abuser has access to your computer, it is imperative that you remove this information. Please remember to do this procedure before you log off the Internet.

CAUTION: If you are using your abuser's computer, you may be leaving a trail that can be traced to this web site. Be sure to clear the view history of the web browser when you are through.

Instructions for Clearing the View History in your Web Browser:

Using the toolbar of your web browser, find the menu selection that gives you view options.

In Microsoft Internet Explorer: use the View button, then select Options, then Navigation. In the History section, select Clear History, then OK.

In Netscape Navigator: use the Options button, then select Network Preferences, then both Clear Memory Cache and Clear Disk Cache, then OK.

In Firefox: open the Tools menu, then select Options. Open the Privacy tab and select "Cache" sub-categoriy. Click the "Clear" button and then click OK to clean cache.

In AOL: click on the Members menu, click on Preferences click on the www icon; select Advanced and then Purge Cache.

Be aware that this is not foolproof. An observant computer user may notice that the history is gone, and get suspicious. If you feel you may be at risk if your abuser discovers you were using the Internet, call 911 or RAINN at 1.800.656.HOPE, The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

The above information has been adapted from mcleancountyil.gov, and is provided for guidance only.

For more information and tips on how to keep yourself safe online, please visit WomensLaw.org

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