Ending Domestic and Sexual Abuse in Mississippi

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Online Safety

Are you afraid someone will find out

you are looking at domestic violence web sites?

Someone can discover your internet activities:

If someone has access to your e-mail account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password they will not be able to guess.  If anyone sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. Additionally, the messages may constitute a criminal offence. For more information, contact the Police.

History / cache file
If someone knows how to read your computer’s history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), they may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet.  You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser’s settings.*

Netscape Communicator:
In the Edit menu, select Preferences. Look through the Category menu for the ‘Advanced’ submenu, then click on ‘Cache’. Click on “Clear Disk Cache Now”.  On older versions of Netscape: Pulldown Options menu. Select Network Options, Select Cache. Click on “Clear Disk Cache”.

Internet Explorer:
In the View menu, select Internet Options. On General page, under Temporary Internet Files, click on “Delete Files”. Under History click on “Clear History.”

*This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browsers 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.

Resources for online safety: