Covering your internet tracks

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Photo of purple and white flowersBy visiting this website (and other websites with similar content), you will have left a trail of evidence behind for others to find. Follow these steps to clear your browser’s history and cache files. This is not a guarantee, some information might be left on your browser.

Here is some information from YWCA of Toronto on covering your tracks….

Cover your Internet tracks. If you have surfed this and/or other websites you will have left a trail that allows others to see which websites you have visited.

Following these steps should clear your browser’s history and cache/temporary files. This does not guarantee that information will not be left on your browser.

Internet Explorer:

  1. If you are using Internet Explorer 6 or an older version, click on Tools in the menu.
  2. Click on Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab under Temporary Internet Files, Click on Delete Files. This will clear your browser’s cache.
  4. Under History, Click on Clear History. This will clear the pages you’ve recently visited.
  5. If you are using Internet Explorer 7, click on Tools.
  6. In the General tab under Internet Options, click Delete under Browsing History and that will delete everything from the new dialogue window that appears.


  1. Open the Firefox browser and navigate to the Tools menu (for Windows users) or the Firefoxmenu (for Mac users)
  2. Click the Tools drop down menu and then click Clear Private Data.
  3. If you are using a newer version of Firefox, you can click Tools drop down menu and then click Clear Recent History.
  4. Press the “OK” or “Clear Now” button (Windows) or simply close the preferences box(Mac). Your cache will now be clear.


  1. From the Safari menu, click Empty Cache.
  2. When asked “Are you sure you want to empty the cache?” click Empty.
  3. From the Safari menu, click Preferences.
  4. From the Security dialog box, click Bookmarks.
  5. Click Show Cookies.
  6. From the Cookie dialog box, click to choose a cookie, and click Remove. Alternatively, if you want to delete all cookies, click Remove All.
  7. Click Done.

AOL’s Browser:

  1. In the menu, click on My AOL.
  2. Click on Preferences.
  3. Click on the WWW icon and then under Temporary Internet Files click on Delete Files.
    1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu .
    2. Click History and recent tabs > History.
    3. Select Clear browsing data.
    4. Uncheck every box but “Download history.” It should already be checked for you. Learn more about other types of browsing data you can delete.
    5. At the top, use the drop-down menu to select the amount of download history you want to delete.
    6. Click Clear browsing data Under History click Clear History.


      Clear your history

      1. On your computer, open Chrome.
      2. At the top right, click More.
      3. Click History > History.
      4. On the left, click Clear browsing data. A box will appear.
      5. From the drop-down menu, select how much history you want to delete. To clear everything, select All time.
      6. Check the boxes for the info you want Chrome to clear, including “browsing history.”
      7. Click Clear data.


      Browse privately

      If you don’t want Chrome to save your browsing history at all, you can browse in private with Incognito mode.

      Online Safety

      • Change privacy settings on social media to enable you to approve tagged posts prior to being posted.
      • Be aware of geo-filters and tags, they can be seen by anyone who searches that location or who can see your accounts
      • Be aware of the surroundings in the pictures you post. Avoid posting your school, home, neighbour’s home, place of employment, or while wearing your school or work uniform.
      • Use a search engine to search your name, and your children’s names once a month to verify no personal information is readily available. If information is found, contact the website directly to have the information removed.
      • Turn off the GPS tracking and locators on apps and your mobile device that reveal your location information to the public (where you are at this exact time). For specific instructions for your phone and for more information on online safety, go to:


      Source: Victim Services Toronto

      Other good advice:

    Be sure to delete any outgoing and incoming emails.

    Change your email password often (at least once a month).

    Print all threatening and harassing emails to use as evidence of criminal activity.