Cover Your Tracks - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Cover Your Tracks

An abuser can track your Internet activities, including websites you have visited and searches you have done. There are ways to cover your tracks online but you need to be careful. If your abuser is comfortable with computers and sees that you have deleted files, he or she may get angry or suspicious. If this is a possibility, try to use a different computer, like one at the library, work or a friend’s house. Activating private browsing mode in your web browser is also good practice to ensure your web activity is private and safe.

How to cover your tracks online

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History? Web browsers keep a list of websites you have visited. You can look at your own history by clicking on the history button on your toolbar, or by pressing the “control” and “H” keys together.

Cache Files? Cache automatically saves web pages and graphics. Anyone who looks at the cache file on your computer can see what information you have looked at recently.

AutoFill/AutoComplete? Some web browsers are set to remember words or phrases you have previously typed in so anyone online can see websites you’ve looked at and searches you’ve done.

Cookies? Cookies are pieces of information from websites you have visited. This information lets these websites show a person’s browsing patterns.

Private browsing? Activating private browsing mode in your web browser ensures your web activity won’t be traced. Check out the external site below on how to activate.

External sites with more information

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Modified: 2014-02-27
PID: 15728