Internet Safety

Safety Warning

Taking all of the actions on this page may not prevent an abuser from discovering your email and Internet activity. The safest way to find information on the Internet is to go to a safer computer. Some suggestions would be your local library, a friend’s house, or your workplace.

Other safety suggestions: Change your password often, do not pick obvious words or numbers for your password and make sure to include a combination of letters and numbers for your password.

How an abuser can track your activities


If an abuser has access to your email account, he or she may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. Even if you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password he or she will not be able to guess.

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, you can print and save them as evidence of this abuse. These messages may also constitute a federal offense. For more information on this issue, contact your local United States Attorney’s Office.

Browser History/cache file

If an abuser knows how to read your computer’s history of cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), he or she may be able to see the information you have viewed on the Internet.

You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser’s settings*

Erasing your tracks

The links below outline how to clear the cache from your particular browser:

Google Chrome
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Apple iPhone / iPad
Samsung Phone
Android Phone

For help call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) TTY 1-800-787-3224

*This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the Internet would be at a local library, a friend’s house, or at work.

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