Computer use can be monitored and IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to completely clear ANY INFORMATION YOU HAVE ENTERED.
There are many ways that computers record your activities and everything you do on your computer and on the Internet. If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer so that someone abusive does not have direct access, or even remote (hacking) access to. It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center (CTC) www.ctcnet.org (national directory), at a trusted friend's house or an Internet Café.
If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don't need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone's computer activities – anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor.
Computers can provide a lot of information about what you look at on the Internet, the email you send and other activities. It is not possible to delete or clear all computer "footprints."
If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, you might consider no home Internet use or "safer" Internet surfing.
Example: If you are planning to flee the state you live, don't look at classified ads for jobs, apartments, bus tickets, etc. for your destination on a home computer or any computer an abuser has physical or remote access too. Use a safe computer to research an escape plan.
Traditional "corded" phones are more private than cell phones or cordless phones.
Email is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life.
If you are in danger, please:
Call Dove - 217-423-2238
The National Domestic Violence Hotline - (800) 799-SAFE
Help - Hotlines
(collect calls are accepted)