Computer Safety

Before You Log Off Today

Web browsers store a history of all the pages you visit during your time on the internet. It is imperative that you remove this information from your computer so that an abuser cannot discover it. Please remember to do this procedure before you log off the internet.

Caution: If you are using your abuser's computer, you may be leaving a trail that can be traced to this website. Be sure to clear the view history of the web browser when you are through.

Instructions for Clearing the View History in Your Web Browser

Using the toolbar of your web browser, find the menu selection that gives you view options.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - Use the View button, then select Options, then Navigation. In the History section, select Clear History, then OK.
  • Netscape Navigator - Use the Options button, then select Network Preferences, then check both Clear Memory Cache and Clear Disk Cache, then click OK.
  • AOL - Click on the Members menu, click on Preferences, click on the www icon, select Advanced, and then Purge Cache.

Other web browsers should have similar features.

Additional Details

Be aware that this is not foolproof. An observant computer user may notice that the history is gone, and get suspicious. If you feel you may be at risk if your abuser discovers you were using the internet, call our 24-hour crisis line now at (309) 827-7070.