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Staying safe online and erasing internet history

  • How can I clear my internet history so that my abuser doesn't know which websites I have accessed?
  • Everything you look at on the internet is stored in your computer's memory files.
  • If you are concerned that an abuser would be able to see which websites you have visited it is important that you clear your computer history. 
  • The safest way to find information on the internet if you suspect that you are being monitored would be at a local library, a trusted friend's house, or at work.  

How to clear your internet history

  • In order to do clear your computer's history you must first establish which browser you are using.
  • The browser is the application (window) you use to access the internet, for example Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, AOL or Sky.

Internet Explorer

  • Before following the steps to clear your history it may be useful to find out which version of Internet Explorer you are using. 
  • To find out which version of Explorer you have, press the Help button in the top of the browser. Choose about Internet Explorer and the resulting window will tell you which version you have.
  • Select Tools from the drop-down menu across the top-left of the browser window. Select Internet Options from this menu. A new, smaller window will open. In the middle of this window, in the Temporary Internet Files section, choose Delete Files. Make sure that the Delete all offline content box is checked and press OK. This deletes all cookies and stored graphics. 
  • If you have Explorer version 6.0 or later, cookies will need to be deleted separately, select Delete Cookies. When the window appears, press OK. (Users of Explorer 5.5 or earlier will not have this button). 
  • Then proceed to the History section and press the Clear History button. When the window appears, press Yes. Close the browser.

Clear the Temporary Internet Files (or cache): 

  • Select Edit from the drop-down menu across the top-left of the browser window. 
  • Select Preferences from this menu. 
  • Select the Advanced button under Category. Click Cache. 

When the window appears, click Clear Memory Cache and Clear Disk Cache. Close the window. 

Clear History

  • Select Edit from the drop-down menu across the top-left of the browser window. 
  • Select Preferences from this menu. 
  • Select Navigator button under the Category listing. 
  • Select History listing. Click Clear History.

Remove cookies:

  • Select Edit from the drop-down menu across the top-left of the browser window. 
  • Select Preferences from this menu. 
  • Select the Privacy and Security button under the Category listing. 
  • Select the Cookies listing. 
  • Select the View Stored Cookies button. 
  • Click the Remove All Cookies button.

It is also important to recognise that following the above steps may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites.