Contact Lifelineís web site provides an QUICK
ESCAPE button on every page in the event that you are interrupted by
an abuser while visiting our website.
Clicking the Escape button will immediately redirect your browser to
a search engine page, then a news page www.cnn.com.
Using this button does not automatically remove all
traces of your visit to our web site. Please, follow the instructions
to erase your browser
history as soon as itís safe for you to do so. But be
advised, computer use can still be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, and/or call
ContactLifeline at 1-800-262-9800.
If you feel
you are in danger call 911.
If you bookmark this or any other site about domestic violence, your abuser can find
out that you have been getting information on domestic violence. You may want to access this site from
somewhere other than home.
When it is safe, clear all
cache/history/temporary internet files from your web browser.
Browser menus and methods of storing web browsing
history information varies widely and changes often.
Check your browser's version, support pages and help
files to protect your browsing privacy.
Beware of AutoComplete in Internet Explorer.
Some Web site search fields will retain entries you've made in the past when
AutoComplete is active. This could compromise your online privacy and security. To turn off this part of
AutoComplete, choose "Tools/Internet Options", then click the Content tab. Click the
AutoComplete button in the Personal information section and uncheck the Forms
box in the AutoComplete Settings dialog.
Delete Browser History Quickly on Internet Explorer
To delete temporary internet files, cookies and pages listed in your
history and bookmarks, once you leave our site,
press: Ctrl + Shift + Delete.
Then check all boxes (except the first box to delete
bookmarks) and press: Delete.
Each time you access websites, "cookies" can be created. Cookies are
cryptic bookmarks that a Web site can place on your computer to acknowledge your
prior visit, authenticate your access or let you continue on through a site from where
you last left off. They are really no big deal and will not do anything to damage your
computer, however, they can leave a trail of evidence of where you have been on the
web. If you visit a website on domestic violence and a cookie is created as a result
of that visit, your abuser can trace your trail and discover where you've been.
There are commercial products that claim to erase
everything you do on the computer that may put your privacy at risk
including the websites you visit, what you search for, the passwords and credit card digits you enter into forms, the pictures and video you download, the documents you open, the programs you launch and much more.
Law enforcement agencies and court records reveal
that perpetrators are constantly inventing new ways
around these systems. If an abuser finds this type
software on your computer, you may be as much at risk as
if your browser history was discovered.