These are some simple ways you can increase your safety and privacy when you’re using the Internet and visiting the Women’s Refuge website.
An abuser may be able to see information you have recently viewed on the Internet if they know how to read your computer’s history or cache file. These are automatically saved web pages and graphics.
The following simple steps describe how you can hide your tracks when you’re browsing the Internet by 'clearing your history’ or 'emptying your cache file’.
However, the safest way to find information on the Internet is to use it in a local library or Internet café, at a friend’s house, or at your workplace, as many browser types have features that display recently visited websites. A browser is the application or programme you use on your computer to access web pages on the Internet.
Here’s how to clear your history or empty your cache file:
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 – such as 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.
If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse.
NetSafe is 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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