How can an abuser discover my internet activities?
Most internet browsers will save certain information as you browse the internet. This includes images from the websites you visit, information entered into search engine websites and also a history (trail) of every individual site that you have visited.
Toolbars used, for example a Google search bar, keep a record of the search words you have typed into the search box. In order to erase all the search words you have typed in, you will need to check the individual instructions for each type of toolbar. For example, for the Google toolbar all you need to do is click on the Google icon, and choose “Clear Search History”.
Please see below for instructions on how to delete your browsing history by browser, as well as some other security tips.
If you do not use a password to log onto your computer, another person may well be able to access your email and track your internet usage. The safest way to find information on the internet would be at a local library, a friend’s house or at work.
If somebody sends you threatening or harassing email messages, these can be printed and saved as evidence of such abuse. Any emails that you have previously sent should be stored in your ‘Sent Items’ folder.
If you started an email but didn’t finish it, you may find it in your ‘Drafts’ folder. If you reply to any email, the original message will probably be in the body of the message; print and delete the email if you don’t want anyone to see your original message.
When you delete an item in any email program it normally does not permanently delete the item; instead, it moves the item to a folder called ‘Deleted Items’. You have to then delete these items separately. To do this, right-click on the email items within the ‘Deleted Items’ folder and choose the option to ‘Delete’, ‘Permanently Delete’, or similar.
How to delete browsing history by browser
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top right, click More .
- Click History History.
- On the left, click Clear browsing data. A box will appear.
- From the drop-down menu, select how much history you want to delete. To clear everything, select All time.
- Check the boxes for the info you want Chrome to clear, including “browsing history.”
- Click Clear data.
- Choose History > Clear History, then click the pop-up menu.
- Choose how far back you want your browsing history cleared.
- Click the Library button , click and then click .
- Select how much history you want to clear:Use the check boxes to select what information you want to clear from your history, and select the time range to clear by clicking on the drop down menu.
- Click the button. The window will close and the items you’ve selected will be cleared from your history.
- Select Settings and more > Settings > Privacy, search, and services .
- Under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear.
- Choose a time range from the Time range drop-down menu.
- Choose the types of data you want to clear (see the table below for descriptions). For example, you may want to remove browsing history and cookies but keep passwords and form fill data.
- Select Clear now.
- In Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, point to Safety, and then select Delete browsing history.
- Choose the types of data or files you want to remove from your PC, and then select Delete.
- Go to Settings.
- Click Advanced in the left sidebar, and click Privacy & security.
- Under Privacy and security, click Clear browsing data.
- Select a time range and the types of data you wish to clear, and click Clear data.