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DVIP wants you to be as safe as possible. We know of cases where perpetrators have used the internet in different ways to harass or stalk a partner or ex-partner. They might do this by sending abusive materials, reading your email, logging on as you and pretending to be you, or even buying items over the internet from your account.

Please take a few minutes to read the warning below and to take steps to increase your safety when using the internet and the DVIP website.

WARNING

HOW AN ABUSER CAN DISCOVER YOUR INTERNET ACTIVITIES

E-mail:
If an abuser has access to your email account, they may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password that an abuser will not be able to guess.

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. The messages may constitute an offence.

History / cache file:
If an abuser knows how to read your computer's history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), they 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.

  1. Mozilla Firefox: click on Tools menu, select Options. Then Click on Privicy and select clear your recent history.
  2. Internet Explorer: Click on Tools menu, select Internet Options. On General page, under Browsing History , click on "Delete Files"
  3. AOL: Pull down Members menu, select Preferences. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced. Purge Cache.
  4. Netscape: Pull down Edit menu, select Preferences. Click on Navigator on choose 'Clear History'. Click on Advanced then select Cache. Click on "Clear Disk Cache".
  5. On older versions of Netscape: Pull down Options menu. Select Network Options, Select Cache. Click on "Clear Disk Cache".


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.

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