Cover My Tracks
Warning: if you are worried about someone knowing you have visited this website please read the following safety information.
How can an abuser discover your internet activities?
Please take a few minutes to read the warning below and to take steps to increase your safety when visiting this website.
As a rule, internet browsers will save certain information as you surf the internet. This includes images from websites visited, information entered into search engines and a trail (‘history’) that reveals the sites you have visited. Please follow the instructions below to minimize the chances of someone finding out that you have visited this website.
If you know what browser you are using, then skip to the relevant instructions below. If you do not know the type of browser you are using, click on Help on the toolbar at the top of the browser screen. A drop down menu will appear, the last entry will say About Internet Explorer, About Mozilla Firefox, or something similar. The entry refers to which browser type you are using – you should then refer to the relevant instructions below.
Exit site button
The pink Exit Site button on the right of the Together Women website will quickly hide the page but you will still need to delete your history fully cover your tracks.
All leading web browsers have a “private browsing” mode that, once enabled, stores nothing about your activity on your computer in that browsing window. This won’t stop online services from seeing what you get up to, but it won’t leave any traces of your activity on your computer (no history, web cache or anything else) and so it’s always a useful first step to take.
Internet Explorer: Go to Safety – Tools – “InPrivate Browsing”.
Firefox: Click the Menu button with three horizontal lines – “New Private Window”.
Chrome: Click the Menu button with three horizontal lines and select “New Incognito Window”.
Similar options can be found in Opera and Safari.
It is also best to double check that nothing has been stored by following the steps below.
Click on the Tools menu and select Internet Options. On the General page, under Temporary Internet Files, click on Delete Cookies and then OK. Click on Delete Files, put a tick in the box labelled Delete all offline content and click OK. Under History, click on Clear History and then OK. Now look at the top of the window and click on the Content tab, select AutoComplete and finally, Clear Forms.
Click on Tools and then Options, then click on Privacy. Click on the Clear button next to Cache and Saved Form Information.
Click on Tools and then Preferences. Click on the Advanced tab and then the History section on the left hand side. Click the two Clear buttons and the Empty Now button.
Deleting your browsing history
Internet browsers also keep a record of all the web pages you visit. This is known as a ‘history’. To delete history for Internet Explorer and Firefox hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard, then press the H key (Ctrl, Alt and H for Opera). Find any entries that say www.womensaid.org.uk, right click and choose Delete.
If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. Any email you have previously sent will be stored in Sent Items. If you started an email but didn’t finish it, it might be in your Drafts folder. If you reply to any email, the original message will probably be in the body of the message – print and delete the email if you don’t want anyone to see your original message.
When you delete an item in any email program (Outlook Express, Outlook, etc.) it does not really delete the item – it moves the item to a folder called Deleted Items. You have to delete the items in deleted items separately. Right click on items within the Deleted Items folder to delete individual items.
Toolbars such as Google, AOL and Yahoo keep a record of the search words you have typed into the toolbar search box. In order to erase all the search words you have typed in, you will need to check the individual instructions for each type of toolbar. For example, for the Google toolbar all you need to do is click on the Google icon, and choose “Clear Search History”.
Don’t forget to log out
If you use our Survivor’s Forum, don’t forget to log out of your account when you have finished your browsing session so no one else can log in as you.
If you do not use a password to log on to your computer, someone else will be able to access your email and track your internet usage. The safest way to find information on the internet, would be at a local library, a friend’s house, or at work.
All of the above 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.
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What our women say
“Together women have helped me every step of the way. They have helped me get my own place and get a good job, I’m so grateful to Fiona for all her support. She is always there for me and I couldn’t of done this well without her. I am volunteering to help out with prisoners that are in a similar situation to the one I was in because it’s such a lonely, sad place to be. I think everyone who gets support from together women are so much more likely to succeed. I wanted to say thank you to Fiona for everything. I know I’ve got another year of support yet but I’m so grateful!”
Customer, age 25
“The mental health team introduced me to Together Women because my depression was so bad. This has had such a big impact on my life, it’s given me back my confidence. I’m much braver now. I used to just sit around doing nothing but now I’m much healthier physically which has helped emotionally too. I feel ready to get back to work, I’ve been inspired into a healthier lifestyle.”
Customer, age 53
“My son was put in foster care…and it was the best thing for him at the time…I just couldn’t be a mum to him. Together Women have changed my life. My son….is so proud of me…and glad to see me so happy. I’ve got my life back…I have increased my confidence and self-esteem and I have really come out my shell…[My TW KW] gave me the confidence to believe in myself and told me to go for it”
TW customer who is now a volunteer
“Thank you for listening to me and supporting me over the past few months, I feel it helped a lot having someone to talk to. I feel a lot more confident in engaging with services now and feel ready to complete a mental health assessment fully so I can understand my feelings and moods better.”
“I was sexually abused as a child and in a gang….I feel more confident in myself and I have truly learned a lot from your service. I feel better having someone to talk to and explain and break things down for me…I have learnt so much….I know where to go if I’m in a crisis.”
“Thank you for treating me like a human being and not a criminal. I lost everything I had including my job and didn’t think I would ever get anything back, but your support and confidence in me helped me re-build my life again. Thank you.”
“Thank you for listening and understanding whilst I navigated through a really rough period in my life last year. I feel a lot more positive and I’m looking forward to the future now.”
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