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Taking all of the actions on this page may not prevent an abuser from discovering your email and Internet activity. They could even install a monitoring program that secretly records everything that was done on the computer. The safest way to find information on the Internet is to go to a safer computer. Some suggestions would be your local library, a friend's house, or your workplace.

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Computers can store a lot of private information about what you look at via the Internet, the emails and instant messages you send, internet-based phone and IP-TTY calls you make, web-based purchases and banking, and many other activities.


E-mail programs like Outlook Express and Netscape Mail can be accessed by an abuser, if they have physical access to your computer. They will be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail.

A better approach, is to use a web-based e-mail service. Many websites offer web-based e-mail for free. Where you can access your e-mail from any computer that has Internet access, and no information is stored on that computer. Some good web-based e-mail services are: Google's Gmail, Yahoo Mail, encypted Hushmail, and there are many more additional providers that offer free web-based emails to choose from.


Your current browser is Unknown version 0.0 on a unrecognized system. Browsers stores information of the websites that you visit in order to help them load and run faster for future visits. Although this is a good thing, it can cause some issues if an abuser can access your computer, they can find out what websites you have visited. To clear the history of the pages you have visited, do the following:

Gmail is the Google approach to email. Practically unlimited free online storage.
Yahoo! Mail offers free email accounts with unlimited online storage at the, and domains
Hushmail offers private, secure, encypted, spam/virus scanned free email accounts.

Watch the following video for additional help in clearing the cache from over 8 different browsers.


   Microsoft Office - 2007   (Show Details . . . )

Office 2007

To prevent Microsoft products from showing any History (Files created, edited, or opened) due the following. You should only have to do this one time, unless someone else changes these options.

  1. Office 2007 - Click on "Office" button, and then click on "Word Options" (in Word 2007) or "Excel Options" (in Excel 2007) or "PowerPoint Options" (in PowerPoint 2007) in the bottom of Office Menu.
  2. Go to the "Advanced" tab. (One the left)
  3. Scroll down to the "Display" section
  4. Set the value for "Show this number of Recent Documents": to 0 (zero)

   Microsoft Office - 2010   (Show Details . . . )

Office 2010

To prevent Microsoft file names from showing in History (Files created, edited, or opened), follow the steps below. The instruction below will ONLY prevent the History from showing and will not delete any files. You must follow the steps for EACH Microsoft application you use. If you don't use a particular application, like Microsoft Notes, then you don't need to follow the steps below for that particular application. You should only have to do this one time in each application, unless someone changes your options.

  1. Open any Office 2010 application (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  2. Click on the "File" tab. (Top left, first tab)
  3. Click on "Options" (Left side menu)
  4. A new window will pop-open. On the new window, click on the "Advanced" menu item. (One the left)
  5. Scroll down to the "Display" section
  6. Set the value for "Show this number of Recent Documents": to 0 (zero)
  7. You can use the same techniques to customize other Microsoft products - Excel and PowerPoint.

Microsoft ALSO stores the directories (Microsoft calls Recent Places) and will display WHERE files were create, edited, and viewed. To remove the history (not the files), follow the steps below. Each time you create/edit a document, you will need to repeat these steps.

  1. Open any Office 2010 application (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  2. Click on the "File" tab. (Top left, first tab)
  3. Click on "Recent" (Left side menu)
  4. On the right panel, right-click any location in the "Recent Places" list
  5. Select "Clear unpinned Places"
  7. Click "Yes"
  9. You can use the same techniques to clear/delete the Recent Places in other Microsoft products like Excel and PowerPoint.

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