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May 21, 2012

How an abuser can discover your internet activities

WARNING

How an abuser can discover your internet activities

e- mail:
If an abuser has access to your email account, he or she may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. if you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password he or she will not be able to guess.


Better yet, make a new email account on a server your abuser doesn't know about.  Make an account with a fake name (pick a name you've always wanted!), fake birthdate, fake city and date.  This way, if your abuser does a search on your name to find your new email account, he wont be able to find you.

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. Additionally, the messages may constitute a federal offense. For more information on this issue, contact your local United States Attorney's Office. 

history / cache file:
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 recently on the internet. 

You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser's settings.*

Netscape: 
Pull-down Edit menu, select Preferences. Click on Navigator on choose 'Clear History'. Click on Advanced then select Cache. Click on "Clear Disk Cache". 
On older versions of Netscape: Pull down Options menu. Select Network Options, Select Cache. Click on "Clear Disk Cache".

Internet Explorer :
Pull-down View menu, select Internet Options. On General page, under Temporary Internet Files , click on "Delete Files". Under History click on "Clear History."

AOL :
Pull-down Members menu, select Preferences. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced. Purge Cache.
 
* 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.

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