Covering your tracks

The internet is an ideal way to find out information or ask for support quickly.

However, it is possible for other people to track your activity online. You might, for example, be afraid that your parents will find that you have gone to certain websites that you didn’t want them to know you visited.

There are some things that you can do to make this less likely.

Clearing your browser history

When you browse the internet, information about websites that you have visited is stored on the computer/laptop. You can clear your browser history making it less likely that someone else will find out where you have been online.

Click here for information on how to clear your browsing history.

Using private or incognito mode

Browsing in private or incognito mode means that information of your online activity will not be stored on the laptop/computer.

Click here for information on how to browse in private or incognito mode.

Logging out of websites that need a password

Make sure that you log out of websites that need a password, such as social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter or your email account. This is especially important if you are using a public computer in a library or internet café.

Opening a new window or tab

Keep another document or website open in a new window or tab whilst browsing a website that you do not want others to see; that way, if someone comes in the room, you can quickly switch to the new window or tab and keep your activity private.

Using the “Hide this site” option

Many websites, especially those that offer guidance/advice in child protection or domestic violence, have a ‘hide this site’ function. You can click this button and it will redirect your browser to the Google homepage or another safe website if you need to leave the website quickly – for example, if a family member enters the room.