Violence against Women Partnership

Cover Your Tracks Online

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

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. Additionally, the messages may constitute an offence. For more information on this issue, contact Police Scotland.

History and cache file

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

Some new internet browsers have built-in tools that allow you to view internet pages without registering these pages in your history or cache file, this keeps other people who might be using the computer from seeing what sites you have visited on the internet.

Access the built-in tools by following these instructions:

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Internet Explorer 8 and above: Click the Tools menu and select InPrivate Browsing. This will open a new browser window, viewing web pages in this window will not be logged or stored in your computer's history. InPrivate Browsing provides protection during the time that you use that browser window. If you open another browser window, that window will not be protected by InPrivate Browsing. To end your InPrivate Browsing session, close the browser window.

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Mozilla Firefox: Click the File menu and select New Private Window. While using the Private Browsing window the web pages you visit will not be stored in your computer's history. When you want to exit Private Browsing mode close the window.

 

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Google Chrome: Click the Tools menu and select New incognito window. This will open a new browser window, viewing web pages in this window will not be logged or stored in your computers history. Incognito provides protection during the time that you use that browser window. If you open another browser window, that window will not be protected by incognito. To end your incognito session, close the browser window.

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