For Your Own Safety

When you search for information or communicate online, your history and activities can leave traces on your computer. Erasing your online and computer history is not always 100% effective. Instead, use a computer that an abuser does not have access to such as at work, the library or a friend or family members.

If this is not an option for you and you are in a safe place, you can also call our 24-hour hotline 1-603-994-SAFE (7233) to speak with a trained advocate.

What can I do to increase my safety online if I can’t use another computer or call?

The following steps will help increase safety.

1. Do not store passwords and change your password(s) often.
TIP: Do not use obvious passwords such as a birthday or pet’s name. Use passwords that include capital letters and symbols. Do not let your computer save your password(s).

2. Delete e-mails and empty your recycle or trash bin.
TIP: Delete emails from your “Send, Outbox” and “Deleted Items” boxes. Empty your “Recycle” or “Trash Bin” on your computer located on the desktop.

3. Erase online history.
TIP: Empty your browser cache and do not create favorites or bookmarks of websites that you have visited for support.

4. Clear your search engine.
TIP: If you have visited a page more than once, your search engine may save your searches. Check your search engines “Settings” and find “History” to clear your “Browsing Data”.

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