Internet Safety

Are you being constantly monitored?

Those who are in abusive relationships often find themselves being controlled extensively and having their every move monitored. Your activities on the internet can be easily monitored by someone with little to no difficulty. It doesn’t require advanced computer knowledge to search someone’s internet activities and there are several programs that perform this type of monitoring, including: keystroke loggers, hacking software, and Spyware.

Online activity can never be “completely” deleted or cleared

In the event that someone is controlling/monitoring you, you may want to think about avoiding changing your browsing habits and computer behaviors. For instance, clearing your internet history when that is not what you normally do. These things can trigger dangerous outbursts from the abusive person.

If you use a central home computer (one that everyone in the home uses) you may want to continue with your normal internet search behavior, such as checking the news or looking at the weather (if that is your normal behavior on the computer at home). You will want to use a safer computer to look up information regarding help for domestic violence, new places to live, jobs, or escape plans.

Email and text / instant messaging are not safe ways to communicate

It is best to not use email and/or instant/text messaging to talk to someone about any abuse in your life. Use a safe phone and call a hotline. If you use email and/or instant/text messaging, use a safe computer (such as a computer at a public library) and an account unknown to the person abusing you.

Computers Store a lot of private information

Any internet based activity can be stored on your computer. This includes any emails or instant messages you send, banking, online purchases, internet-base phone calls, and what you search for.

Safe Computers

For safety always consider using a computer at a public places. Some of these place could be:

  • public library
  • community technology center
  • a trusted friend’s or family member’s house
  • internet cafe

Here are a few tips on how to enable the private browsing function on the more popular broswers

Private Internet Browsing in Internet Explorer 

Internet ExplorerIE9 offers private Internet browsing in the form of its InPrivate Browsing mode, easily activated via the browser’s Safety menu or through a simple keyboard shortcut.
With InPrivate Browsing active, IE9 does not save any private data files such as cache and cookies. Browsing and search history are also wiped out while using private Internet browsing within Internet Explorer. This private Internet browsing tutorial steps you through the process.

 

Private Internet Browsing in Google Chrome

ChromeIn Google Chrome, private Internet browsing can be achieved through the magic of Incognito Mode. While surfing the Web incognito, your history and other private data are not saved on your hard drive. Entering private Internet browsing mode in Chrome is easy to do, and our Windows tutorial shows you how it’s done.

Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of Chrome

Private Internet Browsing in Chrome for OS X

 

Private Internet Browsing in Firefox 3.6

Firefox

Private Internet browsing in Firefox involves utilizing Private Browsing mode, where sensitive items such as cookies and download history are never recorded locally. Activating Private Browsing is a simple process, and this private Internet browsing tutorial makes it even simpler for Windows users.

Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of Firefox

Private Internet Browsing in Firefox 3.6 for OS X
Private Internet Browsing in Firefox 3.5 for Windows
Private Internet Browsing in Firefox 3.5 for OS X

 

Private Internet Browsing in Safari 5

Safari

Private Internet browsing with Safari 5 can be accomplished by entering Private Browsing mode via the Action menu. While in Private Browsing mode all private data including browsing history and AutoFill information is not kept, ensuring an private Internet browsing experience. Thisgraphical tutorial explains how to use Private Browsing mode in Safari 5 for Windows.

Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of Safari

Private Internet Browsing in Safari 5 for OS X
Private Internet Browsing in Safari 4 for Windows

 

Private Internet Browsing in Opera 10.6

Opera

Opera 10.6 allows you to enable private Internet browsing in your choice of a new tab or new window. Depending on your preference, the private tab or window can be accessed via the browser’s Tabs and Windows menu or through a keyboard shortcut. Our private Internet browsing tutorial details privacy in Opera 10.6 for Windows.

Private Internet Browsing in Other Versions of Opera

Private Internet Browsing in Opera 10.6 for OS X