Staying safe online and erasing internet history

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Domestic Abuse GIF

Staying safe online whilst researching domestic abuse topics

Everything you look at on the internet is stored in your computer's memory files. If you are concerned that an abuser would be able to see which websites you have visited, it is important that you clear your computer history.

The safest way to find information on the internet if you suspect that you are being monitored would be at a local library, a trusted friend's house, or at work.

How can I clear my internet history so that my abuser doesn't know which websites I have accessed?

In order to clear your computer's history, you must first establish which browser you are using. A browser is the application you use to access the internet, for example; Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or Safari.

Internet Explorer - Clear the history of websites you've visited

Google Chrome - Delete your cache, history, and other browser data

Mozilla Firefox - Clear browsing history and cookies

Opera - Delete Private Data

Safari - Clear your browsing history

How can I browse the internet without leaving any trace of which websites I have visited?

Some web browsers allow you to browse the internet privately; this means that no trace of your browsing history is stored in your computer's memory whilst using a private session.

Some browsers that allow this are:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Safari

Google Chrome - Browse in private with incognito mode

Mozilla Firefox - Private browsing (Use Firefox without saving history)

Opera - Private browsing

Safari - Use Private Browsing windows

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