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Internet Safety

Please note, this information is for guidance only and it may not be possible to hide your tracks completely. If you want to be certain of not being tracked online, the safest way would be to access the internet at a local library, a friend's house or at work, if appropriate.

Leaving the site quickly

If you are not alone when viewing this site, e.g. at work or sharing the house with someone, the quickest way to hide the site is to use the 'QUICK HIDE SITE' button on the right of the page. This button will stay where it is whilst scrolling the page and it will take you straight to your home page.

There is also a shortcut on your keyboard to enable you to close the browser window:

After visiting the site

Internet browsers save information from the websites that you surf on the internet. This includes website images, a history of the sites you have visited, and words entered into search engines.

It's quite easy for someone to see the most recently visited websites on a computer. It is not completely possible to eradicate your 'footsteps' whilst viewing websites however there are ways in which you can reduce the possibility of people knowing where you have been on the Internet. The following steps will help you through the process of deleting temporary files and the computer's history store that allows you to view where someone has been that day or week, both of which are automatically stored on your computer when you visit a site.

First, work out what internet browser you are using to access the internet (such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

Then follow the appropriate directions below:

Hiding your tracks in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer offers an InPrivate mode which lets you visit sites without leaving any history in the browser. You can turn it on before you visit sensitive sites, and turn it off afterwards.

You can also erase sensitive browsing history by following these steps:

  1. Hold Ctrl (bottom left corner of the keyboard) and hit 'H' to bring up browsing History
  2. Click 'Today'
  3. Find all the entries to do with brasacc, right click them and hit 'Delete'.
This is usually enough to cover your tracks, but if you're worried, you can also delete the temporary files that the browser collects from the websites while you surf, by holding both Ctrl and Shift buttons together and hit the 'Delete' button,
  1. Make sure that 'Temporary Internet files' is ticked
  2. Click the delete button

Hiding your tracks in Firefox

Firefox offers a Private Browsing mode which lets you visit sites without leaving any history in the browser. You can turn it on before you visit sensitive sites, and turn it off afterwards.

You can also erase sensitive browsing history by following these steps:

  1. Hold 'Ctrl' (bottom left on the keyboard) and hit 'H' to bring up the browsing History. Alternatively, you can bring the History page up by selecting 'Show All History' in the History menu bar.
  2. In the search box type 'brasacc' and you should see the pages you want deleted. Hold Ctrl and hit 'A' to select all. All the files should be selected. Right click on one and hit 'Delete this page' to finish.

Hiding your tracks in Google Chrome

Google Chrome offers a stealth browsing service called Incognito Mode which lets you visit sites without leaving any history in the browser. You can turn it on before you visit sensitive sites, and turn it off afterwards.

You can also erase sensitive browsing history by following these steps:

  1. Hold 'Ctrl' (bottom left on the keyboard) and hit 'H' to bring up the browsing History. Alternatively, you can bring the History page up by selecting 'History' in the History menu bar.
  2. Click 'Clear browsing data' or alternatively, in the search box type 'brasacc' and you should see the pages you want deleted. Select them all by putting a tick in a box to the left of each one and click 'Remove selected items'.