Stay safe. Know how to keep your Internet activity invisible
If it's really important that no one in your house knows you have visited our website - or one of our partner organisation's websites - you need to know how to make your website visits disappear. This is where we show you how to do that.
Hiding my visit
If you do not want anyone to know that you have visited this website, the information below could help to increase your safety while using the internet. If you do not use a password to log on to your personal computer, someone else will be able to access your email and track your internet usage.
When you access the internet using a web browser, by default, the browser will store details related to the web sites that you visit. The type of information saved includes:
cookies and other site data
cached images and files
passwords and other sign-in data
autofill form data
You may want to remove some or all of this saved information from your web browser. Read the section 'Deleting your browser history' on how to remove this information from the most popular web browsers.
Please note – There is a risk involved in removing data from your computer. Removing this detail 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 computer has been cleared, and this may raise suspicion.
You can also increase future internet activity privacy by:
using the private mode feature of your computers web browser - read the section 'Enableprivate browsing' on how to enable this for the most popular web browsers.
accessing the internet using another computer, such as a trusted friends, your workplace, an internet café or local library.
Deleting your browser history
All modern browsers make it easy to delete your web browsing history and data. The following instructions will help you remove this history and data from the major web browsers. Chrome
Click on the browser menu (3 vertical dots), then select Settings, then Clear browsing data.
Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+ Shift + Delete.
Choose the time range from the Time range drop-down menu.
All major web browsers offer a feature that provides a private browsing window and deletes the browsing history on your computer after you close it. Depending on what browser you’re using, it may be called Incognito Mode, Private Browsing or InPrivate Browsing.
When Incognito Mode is activated on Google Chrome, the browser won’t save your browsing history, cookies, site data or any information submitted on forms. However, it will keep any files you’ve downloaded and your bookmarks.
To enable Incognito on Google Chrome, click the menu in the top right corner of the browser window. Click New Incognito Window and start browsing.
Alternatively, in the browser window, press Ctrl+ Shift + N.
Safari’s “Private” window removes browsing history, form data, cookies, and also deletes temporary files. To enable Private browsing, choose File, New Private Window, or switch to a Safari window that’s already using Private Browsing.
Microsoft’s InPrivate browsing window provides similar protection to Chrome but will also disable toolbars and extensions. To enable InPrivate browsing on Microsoft Internet Explorer, click on Settings- Safety- InPrivate Browsing.
Alternatively, in the browser window, press Ctrl+ Shift + P.
To enable InPrivate browsing on Microsoft Edge, click the menu in the top right corner of the window and select New InPrivate window. You can right-click on the Edge taskbar icon and select New InPrivate window.
Alternatively, in the browser window, press Ctrl+ Shift + N.
Mozilla’s “Private Browsing” mode is similar to the other browsers but offers additional tracking protection. To launch private browsing in Firefox, click on the three lines at the top right and select New Private Window.
Alternatively, you in the browser window, press Ctrl+ Shift + P.
Be aware that your activity on other websites could place you in danger. Be careful what information you share on social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Bebo or Twitter.
If you are worried about your whereabouts being discovered, please also be aware that messages you post on public forums and chat rooms could put you in danger. For more information on how to delete history and cache from your PC, visit Computerhope.com.
Reading your emails is a way in which your partner can monitor what you are doing. So it’s important to remember:
If an abuser has access to your email account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. You can help secure access to your account by setting up a password log-in. When you choose a password, just make sure it’s not one that can be easily guessed – so don’t choose something obvious like your birthday or the name of a shared pet.
Also make sure you do not select the ‘Save my password’ or ‘Keep me logged-in’ check boxes, and always log out of your email accounts when you’ve finished your session. This prevents other people from accessing your email account using auto-logins.
Any email you have already sent will normally be saved in the folder marked Sent Items. Delete sent emails that you don’t want someone to see.
Sometimes an unfinished email will be saved in the folder marked Drafts. Go to the drafts folder to delete it.
If you reply to any email, the original message will probably be in the body of the message. Delete the email if you don’t want anyone to see your original message.
Remember to empty your Deleted Items folder as emails you delete will be stored in there until you remove them permanently.
If you have a shared email account or your partner has access to your login or password details, you may wish to set up a new email account that you can keep private. Use a free provider like Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo! to create an account you can access from anywhere, and use a name and password that cannot be guessed by your partner.
Please note – If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail or internet messages (for example, via Facebook), you can save and print them out as evidence of abuse. Keep your print-outs somewhere safe where your abuser will not find them – perhaps give them to a friend for safekeeping, or to a family member who does not live with you.
Being safe in cyberspace
NetSafeis a non-profit organisation that educates and supports individuals, organisations and industry on a range of cybersafety issues. You can also refer to The Orb. The Orb has been developed by NetSafe to offer all New Zealanders a simple and secure way to report their concerns about online incidents.
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