Covering Your Tracks

Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 7
Safari
Opera
Firefox 1
Firefox 2
Netscape 7
Browsing
E-Mail
Toolbars

Internet Explorer 6

  • Go to the menu bar at the top of the page
  • Click on the Tools menu and select Internet Options
  • On the General page, under Temporary Internet Files, click on Delete Cookies and then OK.
  • Click on Delete Files, put a tick in the box labeled Delete all offline content and click OK.
  • Under History, click on Clear History and then OK.
  • Now look at the top of the window and click on the Content tab, select AutoComplete and finally, Clear Forms.

Internet Explorer 7

  • Go to the menu bar at the top of the page
  • Click on the Tools menu and then select Internet Options from the drop down list
  • In the General Page under Browser History select the Delete button, then either select and delete each section or click delete all.
  • In the box ‘History’ click on ‘Clear History’; when the pop up box appears, click on Yes.

Safari (often used on Apple Macs)

  • Resetting Safari clears the history, empties the cache, clears the Downloads window, and removes all cookies. It also removes any saved user names and passwords or other AutoFill data and clears Google/Yahoo search entries.
  • To do this, go to the Safari menu at top left hand corner of the screen. Choose Reset Safari, and click Reset.
  • You can also select Private Browsing on Safari by going to Safari on the top menu and click on Private Browsing then click OK in the pop up box, you can then turn Private Browsing off in the same way.

Opera

  • Click on Tools and then Preferences
  • Click on the Advanced tab and then the History section on the left-hand side
  • Click the two Clear buttons and the Empty Now button.

Firefox 1

  • Click on Tools and then Options, then click on Privacy.
  • Click on the Clear buttons next to History, Saved Form Information, Cookies and Cache

Firefox 2

  • Click on Tools and then Options, then click on Privacy.
  • At private data select settings, ensure that all boxes have been selected
  • Click on Clear Now

Netscape 7

  • Click on the Edit menu and select Preferences.
  • In the left hand pane, expand History then in the right area click Clear History.
  • Expand Privacy and Security and select Cookies. Then click on the button Manage Stored Cookies and in the new dialog box click Remove All Cookies.
  • Repeat similarly for Forms and the Manage Stored Form Data button and the same for Passwords and the Manage Stored Passwords button.
  • Additionally, you may Manage Forms, Cookies and Passwords individually from the Tools menu – but not the temporary page Cache files.

Browsing History

Internet browsers also keep a record of all the web pages you visit. This is known as a ‘history’. To delete history for Internet Explorer and Netscape/Firefox hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard, then press the H key (Crtl, Alt and H for Opera). Find any entries that say www.stalkinghelpline.org, right click and choose Delete. For Safari, select History at top of the screen and choose “Clear History”.

E-Mail

For advice about protecting your e-mails see the Malicious Electronic Communication section under Advice

Toolbars

Toolbars such as Google, AOL and Yahoo keep a record of the search words you have typed into the toolbar search box. In order to erase all the search words you have typed in, you will need to check the individual instructions for each type of toolbar. For example, for the Google toolbar all you need to do is click on the Google icon, and choose “Clear Search History”.