American Bar Association
Commission on Domestic Violence
HOW AN ABUSER CAN DISCOVER YOUR INTERNET ACTIVITIESemail: if an abuser has access to
your email account, he or she may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. if you believe your account is secure,
make sure you choose a password he or she will not be able to guess.
If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse.
Additionally, the messages may constitute a federal offense. For more information on this issue, contact your local United
States Attorney's Office.
history / cache file: if an abuser knows how to read your computer's history or cache file
(automatically saved web pages and graphics), he or she may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet.
You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser's settings.*
Additionally, a victim needs to make sure that the "Use Inline Autocomplete" box is NOT checked. This function will complete
a partial web address while typing a location in the address bar at the top of the browser.
If you are using Internet Explorer, this box can be found on the MS Internet Explorer Page by clicking on the "View" icon
at the top, then "Internet Options", and then the "Advanced" tab. About halfway down there is a "Use Autocomplete" box that
can be checked and unchecked by clicking on it.
* This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that
display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the internet, would be at a local library, a friend's
house, or at work.