Computer Safety

Be aware that your abuser may be tracking your Internet activity.

Please use a safe computer that he or she does not have access to.


It is much safer for you to search for resources on a computer that your abuser does not have access to like those at the public library or a friend’s house. All of the websites you visit as well as your e-mails, text messages, and phone calls can be monitored by your abuser. However, it may be smart to continue using your monitored computer for simple things to avoid attracting attention.

If you are concerned about your abuser discovering that you visited our site, you may delete your browsing history. Be warned that any change in your computer usage, such as suddenly deleting your entire history, may cause your abuser to become suspicious.


In order to erase your Internet history, please follow the steps below:

Please note: If you do not see your Internet browser listed below, please check the help files in your browser to find out how.

Firefox for Windows, Version 2.x

Open the Firefox Program.

Go to the “Tools” menu at the top and select “Options.”

In the Options window, choose the “Privacy” tab.

At the bottom, there is a section labeled “Private Data.”

Make sure the box labeled “Ask me before clearing private data.” is selected.

To clear your private data, click “Clear Now.”

In the window that appears, make sure the following options are all selected:

Browsing History

Cache Cookies

Authenticated Sessions

Then Click “Clear Private Data Now.”

Click the X to exit the Options window.

Quit the Firefox Program.

Firefox for Mac, Version 2.x

Open the Firefox Program.

Go to the “Firefox” menu at the top and select “Preferences.” In the Preferences window, choose the “Privacy” tab.

At the bottom, there is a section labeled “Private Data.”

Make sure the box labeled “Ask me before clearing private data.” is selected.

To clear your private data, click “Clear Now.”

In the window that appears, make sure the following options are all selected:

Browsing History

Cache Cookies

Authenticated Sessions

Then Click “Clear Private Data Now.”

Click the X to exit the Preferences window.

Quit the Firefox Program.

Internet Explorer for Windows, Version 6.x

On the Internet Explorer 6 Tools menu, click Internet Options.

The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.

On the General tab, in the Temporary Internet Files section, click the Delete Files button. This will delete all the files that are currently stored in your cache.

Click OK, and then click OK again.

Internet Explorer for Windows Vista, Version 7.x

Open Internet Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Internet Options.

Click the General tab, and then, under Browsing history, click Delete.

Under History, click Delete history, and then click Yes to confirm that you want to delete the history.

Click Close, and then click OK.

Safari 2.x

Open the Safari Program.

Click and hold on “Safari” in the main menu bar.

While holding the mouse button down, drag to “empty cache” in the dropdown menu.

Release the mouse button.

Google Chrome

Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar.

Select Tools.

Select Clear browsing data.

In the dialog that appears, select the “Clear browsing history” checkbox.

Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data you want to delete. Select beginning of time to clear your entire browsing history.

Click Clear browsing data.