Cover Your Tracks

If you are in an abusive situation your internet activities may be monitored by your abuser, so it is important to conceal your tracks as much as possible. If possible, the safest way to use the internet is on a computer in a neutral location, such as a library or a friends’ house. There is no way to hide your internet activities entirely, but if you are unable to use a computer outside of your home, there are ways to protect yourself.
The newest versions of browsers allow you to delete specific entries from your History and these include privacy features like InPrivate Browsing (for Internet Explorer 8) Private Browsing (Firefox 3 and Safari 4) or Incognito Windows (for Google Chrome). These features prevent your History from being stored while you are online. However, since you came to the OakNet site first, it is important to delete the specific entries related to this site from your History before opening up either InPrivate Browsing or an Incognito Window. 

If you are using an older browser that does not have these features, it is still possible to delete the history record and any copies of pages that have been visited which are stored in temporary files or a cache. There are instructions for Internet Explorer and Safari for deleting your whole history.

Select the browser below that you are using to get the instructions for deleting the specific entries from your History as well as opening up either InPrivate Browsing or an Incognito window.Usually the name of the browser will appear beside the icon in the upper left corner of the screen, so if you are unsure what browser you are using, you can look there to find it.

If you do not have one of the listed browsers, we suggest you read through the below instructions just to have a general idea of what to look for in the browser you are using. 

Internet Explorer 
Google Chrome

The Legal Resource Centre of Alberta is not responsible for the information contained in this tutorial. These are recommendations only. Please refer to your browser’s user manual for up-to-date information. 


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