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Browsing on the Internet and using emails leave tracks on your computer. If an abuser has access to this computer, he can view what you have been up to on the Internet. If you feel that it is important to cover your tracks, please read the following instructions.
These instructions attempt to cover the obvious crumbs of your Internet trail on using the most commonly used browsers. For most part, they are suitable hide your trail from an abuser with proficient IT skills. However, these are only guidance and they do not cover all possible ways! In order to use the Internet safely, it is best to us a computer at the local library, friend’s house, Internet cafe or work. How can a person view your Internet surfing?
At writing, there are six main ways that a person can track your Internet activities, which includes:
We will tell you about why your computer saves these files and provide you with an easy solution to remove any crumbs. Finally, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to remove these crumbs on the most popular Internet Browsers.
Internet browsers log which web sites you have been on. The browsers do this to increase ease of use for the user as they will highlight which sites have been viewed. These web sites are viewable in the history file. The easiest solution is to remove history is to clear all of the history in your browser.
Internet Browsers allow you to save web sites in either a Favourite or Bookmark file. An abuser can view which web sites you have saved for quick reference. The solution for hiding favourite/Bookmark files is simply not to add them in the first place.
Computers save information about web pages in order to speed up opening the page. In the Cache File, it is possible to view which web pages you have been on. To hide these Internet crumbs, the best solution is to “empty the cache”.
When any document is downloaded from a site most browsers keep a record of what ahs been downloaded, this allows the user to re-open it a document without re-downloading it. If you have downloaded any documents these could be saved within the download history.
Search Engines, e.g. Google and Yahoo!, remembers your previous searches. As you start typing in the field, a drop down box appears and predicts what you are typing, based on your previous attempts. The browser is also likely to have a search box, this stores what the user alst searched for, so they can complete the same search quickly.
Cookies are small files that web sites put onto your computer to make it interact better with your computer.
On your browser, you have a back button, which allows you to go back to previously viewed web pages. To hide these crumbs, always close your browser or restart your computer.
Step 1: What Internet Browser are you using?
Step 2: Find your Internet Browsers from the list below:
Step 3: Follow the provided instructions for your browser:
The next time you search the Internet. Simply click on the [Private Browsing] and then, [OK] and the computer will not trace your activities. Be sure to turn off your computer when done!