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Staying Safe on the Internet

Power and control issues are a part of domestic violence and abusive partners frequently use technology against those they abuse. This is why it is important to erase your history and cover your tracks. You should not save or bookmark the addresses of shelter websites or resources. Remember them instead or remember the address that lists many resources in one place.


Many women’s shelter websites have a “Hide This Site” button on every page (like ours, you can see on the top righthand corner of the page)– if you click on this button it should immediately take you away from their website. You can use this button to hide what you are doing quickly. Remember that doing this is only a quick way to hide the website, but does not remove it from your history.

If possible, enable the privacy mode of your internet browser. This is a feature that disables the saving of your browsing history and prevents your browser from saving web cache information. More information on how to browse privately in your internet browser is listed below.  


If you do not use the privacy mode, you should delete your Internet history in your web browser. This information is created when you visit websites and is stored on your computer or mobile device. Every browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari) creates this information differently. Find out where the history is stored in your web browser.

Clearing web browser histories in this way will delete ALL histories of visited websites. If you are concerned that someone may be checking up on your Internet usage, the absence of all files and history may appear suspicious. The best way to avoid suspicion is to delete history links individually instead of completely clearing your history.


Before closing the browser,and AFTER you have left this site, please follow the information found on these browser-specific information pages:

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