Protect yourself online

handsEverything you do online is recorded.  Your computer stores hundreds of bits of information about everything you do, including information about which websites you’ve visited, your passwords, and what is in your emails.  An abuser can easily track the websites you visit or read your email messages.

There is no way to completely cover your movements online. The information below can help you to cover your tracks online but the only way to be sure is to use a completely different computer, either at a local library, internet cafe, friend’s house or at work.

Deleting your on-line browing history

If someone knows how to read your computer’s history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), they can see what you have been looking at on the internet. 

The best way to hide what you have been looking at on the internet is to clear your history and your cache file.  Look for your web browser in the list below, click on the link and follow the instructions.  If you use multiple web browsers you should make certain your clear the history on each browser.

Securing your email

Woman-typing-011.jpgYou can help to keep your e-mail private by setting up a password so anyone who wants to read the e-mails will have to log in.  When you choose a password, just make sure it is not one that can be easily guessed, such as your birthday or the name of a shared pet.

When you are setting up a log in or using your account, make sure you do not select the Save my password or Keep me logged in options (not having these options selected prevents people from accessing your e-mail using auto-logins).

Also, remember to log out of your e-mail accounts when you have finished your session.

If anyone sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, these messages may constitute a criminal offence. You can print and save these e-mails as evidence of this offence. For more information, contact the Police.

Facebook

Here are 10 ways to protect your privacy on Facebook, according to the unofficial Facebook blog, All Facebook:

  1. Remove yourself from Facebook searches. By default, Facebook makes your account visible to the network you are in. Often people are not aware of their own visibility, so this is one of the first settings which should be changed. Go to the Privacy Settings page on your Facebook account to change this.facebooksafe
  2. Remove your Facebook profile from Google and other search engines. To do this, go to the Privacy Settings page on your Facebook account.
  3. Avoid the photo/video tag mistake. To avoid getting your name next to embarrassing photos, go to your Profile Privacy page, select the setting next to Photos Tagged of You and select the option which says Customize to change this.
  4. Protect your Facebook photo albums. Go to your Photos Privacy page to set the visibility of each of your albums.
  5. Use your friend lists to create private groupings of friends based on your personal preferences.
  6. When changes are made to your Basic Information (which includes things like your relationship status), it automatically appears as a news feed. To make these changes private, go to Basic Information on the Profile Privacy page.
  7. Once you install an application on Facebook, you should check your profile to ensure no embarrassing notification has been posted to your profile.
  8. Make your Contact Information private. If you have chosen to enter this information on your profile, you should see a Contact Information area under the Info tab. Simply click Edit to modify the privacy setting.
  9. Within your profile page, you can control who can view wall postings made by your friends. Click on the Settings icon on the wall in your profile page.
  10. Keep your friendships private. To make your friends less visible to others, go to the Profile Privacy page.