Internet Safety Tips
Questions and Answers about Internet Safety
Even though an "Escape Button" has been prominently displayed on the home page of this Website, all actions that are conducted on your computer or mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) are being monitored and collected by your devices.
1. What does it mean by "...being monitored and collected by your devices"? Does this mean my abuser can tell what sites I have visited?
Yes. It is possible for your abuser to be able to monitor or view the websites you have visited.
When browsing through the Internet, your computer automatically saves web pages and graphics to a cache file (pronounced "cash"). The cache file automatically saves web pages and graphics. Anyone, including you and your abuser, can see what information you have viewed recently on the Web by simply looking at the cache file. Not only that, but most web browsers, like Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome keep a list of the most recent sites in a file called history file. You can look at your own activities by clicking on the history button which is located in the toolbar. It is possible to clear your browsing history by clearing your cache file and history file so no trace of your Internet activities is no longer available for any user.
The following link will provide step by step instructions to clear your Internet activities: Clearing Your Browser
Be careful if you do decide to take action on clearing your history on the Internet and computer.
If your abuser is familiar with computers and is able to determine that the cache file has been cleared of all computer activities (including your Internet history), your abuser may become suspicious and aggravated. To pervent such scenario of occuring, it will be in your best interest to access a computer/mobile device (smartphone or tablet) outside of your home. You can use your local library, café, school, or in the privacy of trusted friend/family member.
Keep in mind that if your abuser is able to gain access to your mobile devices, whether it be your smartphone/tablet, to consider a device that your abuser does not have access to.
2. What if I am using my home computer? Can I still go on the web safely?
Yes. It is possible to use your home computer and browse the Internet. You can follow the link that provides step-by-step instruction that Yes ICAN has provided above. Be aware that if your abuser is computer savvy, the abuser may have installed a spyware that will not pervent the monitoring process on your computer. However, there is still another way to browse the Internet privately. Depending on what browser you are using, the following links will provide instructions on how to browse the Internet privately:
If you are using your browser on a mobile device (whether it be on your smartphone\tablet), they also provide an option to browse the Internet privately. The links below will provide instruction on how to browse the Internet privately:
The following will provide basic steps that you should implement to increase your safety when browsing the Internet when using your device at home or at public places:
- Set up a private email account that you only know about, whether you use Gmail, Yahoo, Aol, or Hotmail.
- Never share your password with anyone.
- Use your private email account only during emergency to communicate to trusted individuals. Whether it be a trusted friend or family member.
- If a "remember password" options displays on your screen, click "No". It will autosave your password and anyone who has access to your device (whether it be your computer, smartphone or tablet) will be able find out your password and username you have created for yourself.
- When setting up your email account, do not provide your actual name, phone number or address.
- Do not stop using your old emails. If you stop using your old emails, it may spur suspicions.