Safe Computer Usage

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 on the Internet.

 

You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser’s settings:
 
Google Chrome:

  1. Go to History
  2. Click on Clear browsing data
  3. Click on Time range and select “All Time”
  4. Make sure the “Browsing history,””Cookies and other site data,”and “Cached images and files” are selected before clicking on clear data

 
Internet Explorer:

  1. Pull down Tools menu, select Internet Options.
  2. On General page under Temporary Internet Files, Click on Delete Files. If asked, check the box to delete all offline content.
  3. Still within the Temporary Internet Files section, click on Setting (This step may make it harder to navigate pages where you would like your information to be remembered, but these remaining cookies do show website pages you have visited. Therefore, use your own judgment as to whether or not to take this next step).
  4. Click on View Files. Manually highlight all the files (cookies) shown then hit Delete.
  5. Close that window, then on General page under History section, click on Clear History.

 
AOL:

  1. Pull down Members menu, select Preferences.
  2. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced.
  3. Purge Cache.

 

Additionally, you need to make sure that the Use Inline Autocomplete box is NOT checked. This function will complete partial web addresses while typing location in the address bar at the top of the browser.

 

If you are using Internet Explorer:

This box can be found on the MS Internet Explorer Page by clicking on ‘Tools’ at the top of the screen, then ‘Internet Options’ and then the ‘Advanced’ tab.

About halfway down there is a ‘Use Inline Autocomplete’ box that can be checked or unchecked by clicking on it. Uncheck the box to disable the feature that automatically completes an Internet address when you start typing in the Internet address box.
 

*This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the Internet would be at a local library, a friend’s house, or at work.