Email: 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, 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, 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 and graphics), he or she may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet.

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

Pull down the Edit menu, select Preferences. Click on Navigator and choose ‘Clear History’. Click on Advanced then select Cache. Click on Clear Disk Cache”.

On older versions of Netscape: Pull down the Options menu. Select Network Options, select Cache, and click on “Clear Disk Cache”.

Internet Explorer:
Pull down View menu, select Internet Options. On General page, under Temporary Internet Files, click on “Delete Files”, under History click on “Clear History.”

If there is not a option for “Clear History”, please try the following: go to Start Menu, Control Panel, Internet Options, General Tab, Click delete under Browsing History.

Pull down Members menu, select Preferences. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced, and then Purge Cache.

* 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.

Thanks very much to Ruth Laura Edlund, Attorney at Law, for her help in getting this message to you. http://firms.findlaw.com/edlund