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Internet Safety

If you are reading this website and need to hide it from anyone, click the Safe Place button and it will navigate to a safe web page.

If you are in a situation where an abuser is likely to be looking through your emails, computer and internet usage, then the safest thing to do is look at this site on a computer that isn't in your home. You can use the internet for free in most libraries, or perhaps you can use a friend's computer.

If you are using your home computer, here are some steps to take to stay as safe as possible. Every time you use the internet your computer collects information. This information can be looked at by an abuser and will tell them what sites you have visited. Cookies are small pieces of data stored automatically on your computer whenever you use the internet. They can contain the name of the website you have visited.

If you clear this information from the computer, the abuser is less likely to be able to find out that you have visited this site.

There are risks involved in clearing data from the computer, as an abuser may notice if passwords or address histories have been cleared, and this may make them suspicious.

If you are using Internet Explorer, click on Tools, then select Internet Options. In the General tab, under Browsing History, click Delete. This will bring up another window. You can choose to delete just your browsing history, cookies or everything. Click on this and it will delete all browsing history, cookies and passwords.

If you are using Firefox, click on Tools, then either clear History or Options, then Privacy, then Clear History now or when Firefox closes.

If you are using Safari, click on History, then Clear History.

For further information on internet safety, please visit the Women's Aid website www.womensaid.org.uk and click on the Survivors Handbook - Keeping Yourself Safe.