Staying Safe Online
If you are worried about someone seeing your web browsing history, it is possible to delete the web history recorded by your browser – however, deleting everything in your web history may be seen as suspicious. Most up-to-date browsers have an option to delete selected websites from your web history or delete everything for a specific time period.
Some web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome browser and Firefox, have an ‘incognito’ or ‘private browsing’ option, that doesn’t record any of your browsing history.
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely hide your movements online. It is possible to cover your tracks online to an extent, but the only way to be sure is to use a completely different computer, either at a local library, internet café, at a friend’s house or at work.
The national Women’s Aid website has a comprehensive guide to staying safe online, with more information about how to delete and manage your web browsing history.
We have a red button at the top of our website that will immediately return your browser page to the BBC News Home page should you be concerned about your safety.