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How an abuser can discover your true Internet Activities

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E-mail: If an abuser has access to your email account, he or she may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is not secure, then delete all e-mails that you consider personal. After you have deleted your e-mails, always delete your Trash Can. If you are using an online e-mail account, make sure you choose a password he or she will not be able to guess, and keep it private. Close your Browser when you are finished.

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. Additionally, the messages may constitute a federal offense. For more information on this issue, contact your local United States Attorney’s Office.

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

To protect against this, you can clear your history or empty the cache files in your browser’s settings. Below are the instructions on how to do this.

Netscape: Select the Edit menu, select Preferences.

  • From the Category, select Navigator,then click “CLEAR HISTORY.”
  • From the Category, select ADVANCED, then select CACHE. Click on “Clear Disk Cche” / “Clear Memory Cache”

On older versions of Netscape: Select the Options menu.

  • Select Network Options, Select Cache. Click on “Clear Disk Cache” / “Clear Memory Cache

Internet Explorer: Select the Tools menu

  • Select Internet Options, then select the General Tab
  • Click on “Temporary Internet Files,” then click on “Delete Files.”
  • Click  on “Clear History,” then click OK.

AOL Select the Settings menu

  • Select  Preferences.
  • A new window will open, select Internet Properties (WWW):
  • Select  Internet Options, then select the General Tab
  • Click  on “Temporary Internet Files,” then click on “Delete Files.”
  • Click  on “Clear History,” then click OK.
  • Select  the Content Tab
  • Click  on AutoComplete, and UNCHECK the web addresses box, then click OK twice.
  • 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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Hotline Phone Numbers

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474 1-866-331-8453 (TTY) In New York City ONLY Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) Crime Victims Hotline: 1-866-689-HELP (4357) Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-212-227-3000 TDD phone number for all hotlines: 1-866-604-5350 line650