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Covering Your Tracks

If you’re worried about someone knowing you have visited the We Are Survivors website, there are ways to cover your tracks. Some perpetrators will check web usage. If you are worried please follow this information which is for guidance only.

To be completely safe, you should use a pc at work, a library (public or internet library) or even at a friend’s. While We Are Survivors does not respond to emails from victims in order to protect their personal security, it is important to remember that when they are deleted, they still need to removed from the deleted box.

How can someone find out I have looked at this or other sites?

When you use the internet, the pc and the actual browser (like Internet Explorer or Chrome) will often keep information. This could include websites you have looked at, search terms you have entered in Google, Yahoo or other search engines and also a list of sites (called history) you have recently looked at.

Below is information setting out how you can reduce the chances of someone finding out that you have looked at this or other websites.

What browser have I got?

Your Browser is: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_7_3) AppleWebKit/535.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/18.0.1025.151 Safari/535.19

How you can remove your internet history

Firefox 2 (Gecko)

Click on Tools and then Options, then click on Privacy. At private data select settings, ensure that all boxes have been selected and then click on Clear Now

Google Chrome

Google has clear and helpful instructions for removing previously viewed websites at:

Google Search Engine

When you have searched using Google, often when words are typed in again, Google will list previous sites that begin in the same way. These are instructions from Google to remove previously searched items.

Internet Explorer 6

(Find your version by selecting Help in the Internet explorer and clicking About Internet Explorer) 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 and finally, Clear Forms.

Internet Explorer 7

Click on the Tools menu and select Internet Options. In the General page under Browser History, select the Delete… button. Either select and Delete each section: Temporary internet files; Cookies, History; Forms data and Passwords; or select the Delete all… button at the bottom to clear everything.

Netscape 7

Click on the Edit menu and select Preferences. In the left pane, expand History then in the right area click Clear History. Next, expand Privacy and Security and select Cookies then on the button Manage Stored Cookies and in the new dialog box click Remove All Cookies. Then repeat similar for Forms and the Manage Stored Form Data button and the same for Passwords and the Manage Stored Passwords button. Additionally, you may Manage Forms, Cookies and Passwords individually from the Tools menu – but not the temporary page Cache files.


Click on Tools and then Preferences. Click on the Advanced tab and then 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 ways to clear all Cookies.

Deleting your browsing history

Internet browsers also keep a record of all the web pages you visit. This is known as a ‘history’. To delete history for Internet Explorer andNetscape/Firefox hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard, then press the H key (Crtl, Alt and H for Opera). Find any entries that say, right click and choose Delete. For Safari,select History at top of the screen and choose “Clear History”. Or you can click on the word Safari where, half way down the menu list you will find “Reset Safari”. If you click on this all history and cookies will be removed.


Toolbars such as Google, AOL and Yahoo keep a record of the search words you have typed into the toolbar search box. In order to erase all the search words you have typed in, you will need to check the individual instructions for each type of toolbar. For example, for the Google toolbar all you need to do is click on the Google icon, and choose “Clear Search History”.

General security

If you do not use a password to log on to your computer, someone else will be able to access your email and track your internet usage.The safest way to find information on the internet, would be at a locallibrary, a friend’s house, or at work.

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