Hide Your Tracks

Hide Your Tracks

Your abuser may have ways of tracking your activities on your home computer that are difficult to prevent.

If you are concerned about the safety of using your home computer, if possible, use a computer at a public library, a school, an internet café, or at the home of a trusted friend.

Clearing history & cache files in:

Internet Explorer:

  • If you are using Internet Explorer 6 or an older version, click on Tools in the menu.
  • Click on Internet Options.
  • In the General tab under Temporary Internet Files, Click on Delete Files. This will clear your browser’s cache.
  • Under History, Click on Clear History. This will clear the pages you’ve recently visited.
  • If you are using Internet Explorer 7, click on Tools.
  • In the General tab under Internet Options, click Delete under Browsing History and that will delete everything from the new dialogue window that appears.


  • Open the Firefox browser and navigate to the Tools menu (for Windows users) or the Firefox menu (for Mac users).
  • Click the Tools drop down menu and then click Clear Private Data.
  • If you are using a newer version of Firefox, you can click Tools drop down menu and then click Clear Recent History.
  • Press the “OK” or “Clear Now” button (Windows) or simply close the preferences box (Mac). Your cache will now be clear.


  • From the Safari menu, click Empty Cache.
  • When asked “Are you sure you want to empty the cache?” click Empty.
  • From the Safari menu, click Preferences.
  • From the Security dialog box, click Bookmarks.
  • Click Show Cookies.
  • From the Cookie dialog box, click to choose a cookie, and click Remove. Alternatively, if you want to delete all cookies, clic Remove All.
  • Click Done.


  • On your computer, open Chrome.
  • At the top right, click More.
  • Click More tools, Clear browsing data.
  • At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
  • Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.
  • Click Clear data.

AOL’s Browser:

  • In the menu, click on My AOL.
  • Click on Preferences.
  • Click on the WWW icon and then under Temporary Internet Files click on Delete Files.
  • Under History click Clear History.

More Tips:

  • Cover your email tracks: Be sure to delete any outgoing and incoming emails.Change your email password often (at least once a month).Print all threatening and harassing emails to use as evidence of criminal activity.
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