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How to Cover Your Tracks On-Line -





WARNING! Danger on line!



Please take a few minutes to read this advice on how to take steps to increase your safety when using the internet and the Meath Women's Refuge website. Please note that this information is for guidance only and may not completely cover your tracks. If you want to be completely sure of not being tracked online, the safest way would be to access the internet at a local library, a friend's house or at work.


Internet Safety

How can an abuser discover your internet activities?

Please take a few minutes to read the warning below and to take steps to increase your safety when using the internet and the Women's Refuge website.


If an abuser has access to your email account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password that an abuser will not be able to guess.

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse.

History / cache file:

If an abuser knows how to read your computer's history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), they may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet.

To clear your history and files:

It's important to note that in deleting your history and files there is a risk involved with removing data from your computer. For example, if your partner uses online banking and has a saved password, then if you clear the cookies on your PC, your partner will realise you've done so, because their password will no longer be saved. Also, your partner may notice if the address history on the PC has been cleared, and this may raise suspicion.

If you are unsure which browser you are currently using click on Help on the toolbar at the top of the browser window. The last entry on the menu that appears should say About Internet Explorer, About Mozilla Firefox, or something similar. The entry refers to which browser you are using - you should then refer to the relevant instructions below.

Internet Explorer 6

  • Click on the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options"
  • On the "General" page, under "Temporary Internet Files", click on "Delete Cookies" and then OK.
  • Click on "Delete Files", put a tick in the box labeled "Delete all offline content" and click OK.
  • Under "History", click on "Clear History" and then OK.
  • Now look at the top of the window and click on the "Content" tab, select "AutoComplete"
  • Finally, "Clear Forms".

Internet Explorer 7

  • Click on the "Tools" menu in the top right of the window
  • On the "General" tab underneath "Browsing History" click on "Delete"
  • Either click and delete each section "Temporary Internet Files", "Cookies", "History", "Form Data", "Passwords". Or select "Delete All" at the bottom to remove everything.

Firefox 1

  • Click on "Tools"
  • Click "Options"
  • Click on "Privacy"
  • Click the "Clear" button next to "History", "Saved Form Information", "Cookies" and "Cache".

Firefox 2 / Firefox 3

  • Click on "Tools"
  • Then "Options"
  • Click on "Privacy."
  • At private data select "Settings"
  • Ensure that all boxes have been selected and then click on "Clear Now"


  • Click on "Tools"
  • Then "Preferences"
  • On the "Advanced" tab under the "History" section on the left-hand side.
  • Click the "Clear" button to the right of Addresses and the "Empty Now" button to the right of Disk cache.
  • Opera does not have an easy wasy to clear all Cookies.