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Cover your Tracks

Please remember that if you are concerned that someone is monitoring your internet usage, your safest option would be to access the internet from somewhere like a trusted friend’s house, your workplace, an internet café or local library.

Covering your tracks

Every time you use the internet your internet browser saves pieces of information such as images, search terms or words used in search engines and login names. This helps the pages you visit frequently to load faster by loading the files from your hard disk drive instead of having to downloading the web page in full again. These are saved as ‘cookies’ and they can mark a trail or ‘history’ that reveals what you have been looking at online. You can take steps to minimize the chances of someone finding which websites you have visited. The Refuge website has detailed instructions on how to do this - visit the site for more details.

Please note – There is a risk involved in removing data from your computer. Removing cookies may clear saved passwords for membership sites such as online banking, which may alert your partner to the fact that you have removed information. Also, your partner may notice if the address history on the PC has been cleared, and this may raise suspicion.

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