Delete Browser History

If you must use a com­puter your abuser can access, you can attempt to cover your tracks by doing the following:

Use an e-mail account your abuser can­not access. For more infor­ma­tion read this descrip­tion.

Also, delete inse­cure infor­ma­tion cre­ated by your web browser.

Your web browser cre­ates many files and saves cer­tain infor­ma­tion which can allow your abuser to dis­cover your inter­net activ­i­ties. You can attempt to delete these by doing the following:

1. Deter­mine what type of web browser you have; The name of your web browser should be dis­played in the title bar of this win­dow. For exam­ple, it might say ‘Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foun­da­tion: Delete Browser His­tory — Microsoft Inter­net Explorer’ at the top of this win­dow if you are using Inter­net Explorer. Or it would say ‘Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foun­da­tion: Delete Browser His­tory — Mozilla Fire­fox’ if you are using Firefox.

2. Find your browser in the list below: Click on the link and fol­low the web browser cleanup guide. This will give you direc­tions on how to delete your web browser his­tory, cache, cook­ies and form data.

3. Find and delete other files cre­ated by your browser: Some web browser plug-ins and other fea­tures may cre­ate other files. Click on each of the guides listed below in order to remove these files:

Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, you must use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

There is help. You are not alone and it’s okay to talk about it!

Find­ing Your Browser

Inter­net Explorer for Windows

Step One: Delete Your Browser His­tory
In order to delete your browser his­tory, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Inter­net Options from the Tools menu (for older ver­sions of Inter­net Explorer, it may be in the View menu).
2. In the Inter­net Options win­dow, under the Gen­eral tab, click the Delete… but­ton under Brows­ing His­tory.
3. In the Delete Brows­ing His­tory win­dow, click the Delete his­tory… but­ton.
4. In the Delete His­tory win­dow, click Yes.
5. Click on the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Brows­ing sec­tion and UNCHECK Use inline Auto­Com­plete.
6. Click the OK but­ton.
7. Go to Step Two: Delete Your Browser Cache.

Step Two: Delete Your Browser Cache

In order to delete your browser cache, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Inter­net Options from the Tools menu (for older ver­sions of Inter­net Explorer, it may be in the View menu).
2. In the Inter­net Options win­dow, under the Gen­eral tab, click the Delete… but­ton under Brows­ing His­tory.
3. In the Delete Brows­ing His­tory win­dow, click the Delete files… but­ton.
4. In the Delete files win­dow, click Yes.
5. Go to Step Three: Delete Your Browser Cookies.

Step Three: Delete Your Browser Cookies

In order to delete your browser cook­ies, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Inter­net Options from the Tools menu (for older ver­sions of Inter­net Explorer, it may be in the View menu).
2. In the Inter­net Options win­dow, under the Gen­eral tab, click the Delete… but­ton under Brows­ing His­tory.
3. In the Delete Brows­ing His­tory win­dow, click the Delete cook­ies… but­ton.
4. In the Delete Cook­ies dia­log that pops up, click Yes.
5. Go to Step Four: Delete Your Web Form Data.

Step Four: Delete Your Web Form Data

In order to delete your web form data, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Inter­net Options from the Tools menu (for older ver­sions of Inter­net Explorer, it may be in the View menu).
2. In the Inter­net Options win­dow, under the Gen­eral tab, click the Delete… but­ton under Brows­ing His­tory.
3. In the Delete Brows­ing His­tory win­dow, click the Delete forms… but­ton.
4. In the Delete Forms dia­log that pops up, click Yes.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

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Inter­net Explorer for Macintosh

Clear­ing All Pri­vacy Items

In order to delete your browser his­tory, cache, cook­ies, web form data, and down­load his­tory, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Pref­er­ences… from the Explorer menu.
2. In the Inter­net Explorer Pref­er­ences win­dow, click the word Advanced in the Web Browser cat­e­gory. Then press the Clear His­tory and Empty Now but­tons.
3. Click the word Cook­ies in the Receiv­ing Files cat­e­gory. Then select all the cook­ies in the list by using apple-A (hold down the Apple key and the A key at the same time) and press the Delete but­ton.
4. Click the words Forms Auto­Com­plete in the Forms Aut­oFill cat­e­gory. Then select all the items in the list by using apple-A (hold down the Apple key and the Akey at the same time) and press the Delete but­ton.
5. Then click the OK but­ton to close the Inter­net Explorer Pref­er­ences win­dow.
6. Choose Down­load Man­ager from the Win­dow menu.
7. Select all the items in the list by using apple-A (hold down the Apple key and theA key at the same time) and use apple-Backspace (hold down the Apple key and the Back­space key at the same time) on your key­board to delete all the items.
Then close the Down­load Man­ager window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

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Firefox

Clear­ing All Pri­vacy Items

In order to delete your browser his­tory, cache, cook­ies, web form data, and down­load his­tory, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Options… from the Tools menu. (On Mac­in­tosh, select Pref­er­ences…from the Fire­fox menu.)
2. In the Options win­dow, click the Pri­vacy lock icon on the left side.
3. Next to the word His­tory, click on the Clear but­ton.
4. Next to the word Cache, click on the Clear but­ton.
5. Next to the word Cook­ies, click on the Clear but­ton.
6. Next to the words Saved Form Infor­ma­tion, click on the Clear but­ton.
7. Next to the words Down­load Man­ager His­tory, click on the Clear but­ton.
8. Click the OK button.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

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Netscape 4

Clear­ing All Pri­vacy Items

In order to delete your browser his­tory, cache, and cook­ies, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Pref­er­ences… from the Edit menu.
2. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click on the word Nav­i­ga­tor, then click on the Clear His­tory but­ton and the Clear Loca­tion Bar but­ton.
3. Click on the box next to the word Advanced. This should dis­play sev­eral more choices. Then, click on the word Cache and click on the Clear Mem­ory Cachebut­ton and the Clear Disk Cache but­ton.
4. Next, click on the word Advanced. You should then see a sec­tion labeledCook­ies on the right side of the Pref­er­ences win­dow. If it is set to Accept All Cook­ies or Accept only cook­ies that get sent back to the orig­i­nat­ing server, change the set­ting to Dis­able Cook­ies.

Remem­ber what the orig­i­nal set­ting was, because you will need to change it back to that set­ting in the next step.

Once you have set it to Dis­able Cook­ies, click the OK but­ton to close thePref­er­ences window.

5. Next re-open the Pref­er­ences win­dow (by choos­ing Pref­er­ences… from the Editmenu, as in step 1 above), click on the word Advanced again, and set the Cook­iespref­er­ence to what it was before.

If it was set to Dis­able Cook­ies in the first place, you can ignore this step.

6. Then click the OK but­ton to close the Pref­er­ences window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

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Netscape 6

Clear­ing All Pri­vacy Items

In order to delete your browser his­tory, cache, cook­ies, web form data and down­load his­tory, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Pref­er­ences… from the Edit menu.
2. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click the arrow next to the word Nav­i­ga­tor and click on the word His­tory. Then click on the Clear His­tory but­ton and the Clear Loca­tion Bar but­ton.
3. Click the arrow next to the word Advanced and click on the word Cache. Then click on the Clear Mem­ory Cache and Clear Disk Cache but­tons.
4. Click the arrow next to the words Pri­vacy & Secu­rity and click on the wordCook­ies. Then click on the View Stored Cook­ies but­ton.
5. In the Cookie Man­ager win­dow, click on the Remove All Cook­ies but­ton. Then click the Close but­ton.
6. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click on the word Forms (under Pri­vacy & Secu­rity). Then click on the View Stored Form Data but­ton.
7. In the Form Man­ager win­dow, click on the arrow next to Other Saved Infor­ma­tion. Then click the term URL-Specific.

Next, you must man­u­ally delete all val­ues which are attached to any sen­si­tive sites. So, if you see a list­ing which has “www.amazon.com” in the URL field, you may not need to delete that. But, if the list­ing con­tains “www.safehorizon.org” in the URL field, you will want to delete that line.

In order to delete the line, just click in the Value field and delete all the text there.

8. The field may con­tain more infor­ma­tion. Click the arrow on the far right side of the field. If other lines of infor­ma­tion are dis­played, select each line and delete the text for that line.

Once you have deleted all val­ues for that field, when you click on the arrow on the right side of the field, you should see only a check mark in the pop-up menu.

9. You may need to delete other infor­ma­tion in the Form Man­ager. You should look through all the cat­e­gories listed in the box on the left side of the win­dow (Pri­mary Con­tact, Ship­ping, Billing, and Other Saved Infor­ma­tion) and look for any­thing which might seem sus­pi­cious. Then [delete comma here] delete those items by select­ing the text in the field on the right and delet­ing that text.

These fields may also have more infor­ma­tion. Remem­ber to click on the arrow on the right side of the field and delete all sus­pi­cious information.

When you are done, click OK in the Form Man­ager window.

10. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click on the View Sites but­ton.
11. In the Form Man­ager win­dow, click on the Forms Never Saved tab and then click on the Remove All but­ton.
You may also need to click on the Forms Never Pre­viewed tab and click on theRemove All but­ton again.
12. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click the OK but­ton to close the window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

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Netscape 7

Clear­ing All Pri­vacy Items

In order to delete your browser his­tory, cache, cook­ies, web form data, and down­load his­tory, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Pref­er­ences… from the Edit menu.
2. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click the arrow next to the word Nav­i­ga­tor and click on the word His­tory. Then click on the Clear His­tory but­ton and the Clear Loca­tion Bar but­ton.
3. Click the arrow next to the word Advanced and click on the word Cache. Then click on the Clear Cache but­ton.
4. Click the arrow next to the words Pri­vacy & Secu­rity and click on the wordCook­ies. Then click on the Man­age Stored Cook­ies but­ton.
5. In the Cookie Man­ager win­dow, click on the Remove All Cook­ies but­ton. Then click the Close but­ton.
6. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click on the word Forms (under Pri­vacy & Secu­rity). Then click on the Man­age Stored Form Data but­ton.
7. In the Form Man­ager win­dow, click on the Remove All Saved Data but­ton. Then click the OK but­ton.
8. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click on the Man­age Sites but­ton.
9. In the Form Man­ager win­dow, click on the Forms Never Saved tab and then click on the Remove All button.

You may also need to click on the Forms Never Pre­viewed tab and click on theRemove All but­ton again.

10. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click the OK but­ton to close the win­dow.
11. Next, choose Down­load Man­ager from the Tools menu.
12. In the Down­load Man­ager win­dow, click on one item and then use control-A on your key­board (hold down both the con­trol key and the A key at the same time; on Mac­in­tosh, press apple-A). This will select all the files in the list. Then click on theRemove From **[Form?]** List but­ton.
13. Close the Down­load Man­ager window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

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Mozilla

Clear­ing All Pri­vacy Items

In order to delete your browser his­tory, cache, cook­ies, web form data, and down­load his­tory, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Pref­er­ences… from the Edit menu.
2. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click the arrow next to the word Nav­i­ga­tor and click on the word His­tory. Then click on the Clear His­tory but­ton and the Clear Loca­tion Bar but­ton.
3. Click the arrow next to the word Advanced and click on the word Cache. Then click on the Clear Mem­ory Cache but­ton and the Clear Disk Cache but­ton.
4. Click the arrow next to the words Pri­vacy & Secu­rity and click on the wordCook­ies. Then click on the Man­age Stored Cook­ies but­ton.
5. In the Cookie Man­ager win­dow, click on the Remove All Cook­ies but­ton. Then click the Close but­ton.
6. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click on the word Forms (under Pri­vacy & Secu­rity). Then click on the Man­age Stored Form Data but­ton.
7. In the Form Man­ager win­dow, click on the Remove All Saved Data but­ton. Then click the OK but­ton.
8. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click on the Man­age Sites but­ton.
9. In the Form Man­ager win­dow, click on the Forms Never Saved tab and then click on the Remove All but­ton.
You may also need to click on the Forms Never Pre­viewed tab and click on theRemove All but­ton again.
10. In the Pref­er­ences win­dow, click the OK but­ton to close the win­dow.
11. Next, choose Down­load Man­ager from the Tools menu.
12. In the Down­load Man­ager win­dow, click on one item and then use control-A on your key­board (hold down both the con­trol key and the A key at the same time; on Mac­in­tosh, use apple-A). This will select all the files in the list. Then click on theRemove From List but­ton.
13. Close the Down­load Man­ager window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

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Safari

Clear­ing All Pri­vacy Items

In order to delete your browser his­tory, cache, cook­ies, web form data, and down­load his­tory, fol­low these steps:

1. Choose Clear His­tory from the His­tory menu.
2. Choose Pref­er­ences… from the Safari menu.
3. Click on the Secu­rity lock icon, then click on the Show Cook­ies but­ton.
4. Click on the Remove All but­ton, then click on the Done but­ton.
5. Click on the Aut­oFill icon, then click on the Edit… but­ton next to the words Other Forms.
6. Click on the Remove All but­ton, then click on the Done but­ton. Then close thePref­er­ences win­dow.
7. Choose Empty Cache… from the Safari menu. Click OK on the con­fir­ma­tion win­dow.
8. Choose Down­loads from the Win­dow menu.
9. Click on the Clear but­ton in the Down­loads window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

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Delet­ing Files Cre­ated By Macro­me­dia Flash

Instruc­tions for Windows

Under cer­tain cir­cum­stances, Macro­me­dia Flash can cre­ate files on your com­puter. The files are actu­ally cre­ated to pro­tect your pri­vacy by allow­ing you to decide which web­sites can use cer­tain fea­tures in Flash. But, because of the way this is cur­rently done, it can also put you in greater dan­ger because your abuser can find these files.

These files are not cre­ated auto­mat­i­cally. They are cre­ated when you right-click on a Flash movie and choose Set­tings…

In other words, if you DO NOT RIGHT-CLICK ON FLASH MOVIES you should be fine.

How­ever, if you acci­den­tally right-clicked on any Flash movies, you should fol­low the instruc­tions below:

(These steps are for Win­dows users. If you use Mac­in­tosh, use these instructions.)

1. Open your Doc­u­ments and Set­tings Folder. Usu­ally, this will be here.

C:Documents and Settings

2. Open your user folder.

You may have only one user folder (like the “rbaker.000″ folder shown on the right) or there may be many. If you are unsure which folder is your user folder, fol­low these steps for all the fold­ers. You shouldn’t need to bother with “Admin­is­tra­tor” or “All Users” folders.

In your user folder, open the fol­low­ing fold­ers (as shown below):

Appli­ca­tion Data
Macro­me­dia
Flash Player
macromedia.com
flash­player
sys

3. Select ALL the files in that folder, right-click on them and choose Delete from the pop-up menu.
4. Click Yes in the con­fir­ma­tion win­dow.
5. Go to your Desk­top, right-click on your Recy­cle Bin and choose Empty Recy­cle Bin from the pop-up menu.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

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Delet­ing Files Cre­ated By Macro­me­dia Flash

Instruc­tions for Mac­in­tosh OSX

Under cer­tain cir­cum­stances, Macro­me­dia Flash can cre­ate files on your com­puter. The files are actu­ally cre­ated to pro­tect your pri­vacy by allow­ing you to decide which web­sites can use cer­tain fea­tures in Flash. But, because of the way this is cur­rently done, it can also put you in greater dan­ger because your abuser can find these files.

These files are not cre­ated auto­mat­i­cally. They are cre­ated when you control-click (or right-click, if you have a right mouse but­ton) on a Flash movie and choose Set­tings…
In other words, if you DO NOT CONTROL-CLICK OR RIGHT-CLICK ON FLASH MOVIES you should be fine.

How­ever, if you acci­den­tally con­trol– or right-clicked on any Flash movies, you should fol­low the instruc­tions below:

(These steps are for Mac­in­tosh users. If you use Win­dows, use these instruc­tions.)
1. Open your Home Folder. Usu­ally, you can click on the Home icon in a Finder win­dow.
2. Once you are in your Home Folder, open these folders:

Library
Pref­er­ences
Macro­me­dia
Flash Player
macromedia.com
sup­port
flash­player
sys

3. Select ALL the files in that folder by using apple-a (hold down the Apple key and the A key at the same time).
4. Move the files to the trash. You can do this quickly by using apple-backspace (hold down the Apple key and the Back­space key at the same time) on your key­board.
5. Empty your Trash by using apple-shift-backspace (hold down the Apple key, the Shift key and the Back­space key at the same time) on your key­board.
6. Click OK in the Empty Trash con­fir­ma­tion window.

* Please note: Even if you take these cau­tion­ary steps, your abuser may be able to dis­cover your online activ­i­ties. To ensure that your online activ­i­ties are not dis­cov­ered by your abuser, it is imper­a­tive to use a com­puter that your abuser can­not access.

There is help. You are not alone and it’s okay to talk about it!

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