I don't want others to know I have visited this site.
The information below sets out the steps you can take to view this site discreetly. Remember, if you think someone is monitoring the sites you visit at home, the safest option is to access the Internet elsewhere, at a friend's house, an Internet café or the local library.
Covering your tracks
Every time you use the Internet your Internet browser saves information including web page addresses, images, search terms cookies, or words used in search engines and login names. Your browser’s history can reveal what you have been looking at online.
Follow the steps below to keep others from knowing you have visited the SurvivorScotland site.
Check your browser:
Open your browser (the program you use to browse the Internet). The name of the browser is usually the first menu item on the left hand side. Clicking the about option on this menu will tell you the version number. Alternatively click on the Help menu to find the name and version. Your browser will be:
- Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
Internet Explorer, Firefox (versions 3.0 and above), Google Chrome, and Safari (versions 3 and above) all have private browsing settings. Selecting this option allow you to browse safely without anyone being able to retrace your steps.
To enter Internet Explorer 8's private mode, select Safety (in the upper-right corner), then InPrivate Browsing. A second browser window will come up, with the "InPrivate" logo next to the address bar.
If you're using Firefox 3.1 or above, select Tools, then Private Browsing. Firefox will save and close your current tabs and open a new blank tab. Firefox doesn't look different in this mode, but if you click Tools, you'll see that the Private Browsing option is checked. Uncheck it, and Firefox will close your current tags and reopen the ones it saved.
To enter Google's Chrome browser’s Incognito Mode, click the Tools icon and select New incognito window.
Safari private browsing is enabled from the Safari menu by clicking private browsing.
Deleting All Data
There is a risk involved in removing all private data from your computer.
- Removing cookies will clear saved passwords for membership sites or online banking, which could alert people who use the same computer that you have removed information.
- Other people who use the same computer may notice if the address history on the PC has been cleared.
If you wish to delete all traces of your browsing and are happy with the risks above, follow the instructions for your browser:
Click on tools and select delete browsing history. You have the choice of deleting Temporary Internet Files, Cookies, History, Form Data, Passwords, or all of the above. Choosing all of the above will delete all information, choosing temporary files and history will remove the record of the sites you have visited. You can find the same options from tools, Internet options for older versions of Internet Explorer.
From the tools menu select clear recent history. You can also click history and show all history. The sites you have visited are listed as today, yesterday, etc. Right click on a URL you wish to keep private and click to delete. To have all references to a particular website removed, click the URL and hold down the control key at the same time. Click forget about this site. All references to that website will be deleted.
Open the browsing history menu by clicking on history. Scroll down to clear history. Click this option to remove all browsing history. To remove all data, select edit and reset safari (PC) or Safari and reset safari (Mac). If you leave all boxes checked, all data will be deleted except email and downloaded documents.
Delete history by clicking the File menu, Preferences, History, and click Empty now. In addition, check "Empty on exit" if you wish this task to occur each time you exit the browser.
To delete browsing history, select history. You can choose to delete the browsing history for a full day. You can also access the tools menu and click options then under the hood (PC) or Google Chrome menu (Mac) and select the option: clear browsing data. Ticking all the options will clear all information types except downloaded documents and emails.
- Any email you send will normally be saved in the folder marked sent Items. Go to sent items and delete emails you don't want a person to see
- Unfinished email can be saved in the folder marked drafts. Go to the drafts folder to delete it
- If you reply to an email, the original message may be in the body of the message – delete to be safe.
- Empty your Deleted Items folder: emails are stored until you remove them completely
- You may wish to set up a new email account you can keep private. Use a provider like Hotmail, Google or Yahoo for an account you can access from anywhere, and use a name that is not recognisable.
- Please note: If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse.
Deleting Downloaded Files
If you have downloaded any of our documents, the PDF or Word file will be saved on your computer. If you do not wish anyone to see these files you will need to delete them.
When you download a file you are asked whether you would like to save the file. Clicking yes and then saving somewhere obvious like your desktop makes it easy to see and delete files afterwards by dragging them to your waste bin or trash and emptying the bin before you finish your session.
If you accepted the default location for downloaded files they will be saved in a temp folder (PC) or Downloads (Mac). On a PC navigate to your temp folder on your C drive and delete the files by clicking on them and selecting delete.
On a Mac, downloads should appear in the dock at the bottom of your screen. Open this download window in finder (scroll to the bottom of the list of files for this option.) Right click on the name of the file you wish to delete and select move to trash.