If you bookmark this or any other site about domestic violence and/or child abuse, the fact that you've been seeking information or help may be discovered by someone you prefer didn't know.
As a safeguard, you may either want to
1) access this site from somewhere other than home
2) clear all cache, cookies and history files from your web browser
See the helpful information below and follow the instructions for eliminating traces of your visit to this website. For more information about Technology Safety, please view this helpful information by the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Cookies and cache
Temporary Internet files, or cache, contain a "travel record" of the items you have seen, heard, or downloaded from the web, including images, sounds, web pages, even cookies. Cookies are cryptic bookmarks that a website can place on your computer to acknowledge your prior visit, authenticate your access or let you continue surfing a site from where you last left off. They can leave a trail of evidence of where you have been on the web. So if you visit a website on domestic violence and a cookie is created, others can trace your trail and discover where you've been.
If the browser you are currently using is Safari/Google Chrome:
Clear the cache for Safari:
- From the Safari menu, click "Empty Cache."
- When asked "Are you sure you want to empty the cache?" click "Empty."
- Click "Done."
- Reload the page.
Clear cookies for Safari:
- Go to the "Safari" drop down menu.
- Select "Preferences."
- Select the "Security" icon at the top panel.
- From the Security dialog box, click "Bookmarks."
- Click "Show Cookies."
- From the Cookie dialog box, click to choose cookies from dvcac.org, and click "Remove." Alternatively, if you want to delete all cookies, click "Remove All."
- Click "Done."
Clearing cache/cookies for Google Chrome:
- Go to the "Customize & Control" drop down menu.
- Select "Clear browsing data..."
- Select the "Clear browsing history" checkbox.
- Select the "Clear download history" checkbox.
- Select the "Empty the cache" checkbox.
- Select the "Delete cookies" checkbox.
- Select a time period from the "Clear data from..." dropdown menu.
- Click "Clear Browsing Data."
Google Chrome also allows for completely anonymous browsing.
- Go to the "control this page" drop down menu.
- Select "New incognito window"
- Reload the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center website.
If the browser you are currently using is Mozilla Firefox:
Clear the cache for Firefox
Clear cookies for Firefox
- At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and then click Options.
- Select the Advanced panel.
- Click on the Network tab.
- In the Cached Web Content section, click Clear Now.
- Click OK to close the Options Window
- At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button, go over to the History menu (click on the Tools menu in Windows XP) and select Clear Recent History.
- Set Time range to clear to Everything (if you want to delete all cookies)
- Click on the arrow next to Details to expand the list of history items.
- Select Cookies and make sure that other items you want to keep are not selected.
- Click Clear Now to clear the cookies and close the Clear Recent History window.
If the browser you are currently using is Internet Explorer (Version 8 and above):
- From the Safety menu in the upper right, click Delete Browsing History.
- Deselect Preserve Favorites website data and select Temporary Internet files, Cookies and History
- Click Delete