Browsing Safety

It’s important to take precautions when browsing this website if you are worried about anyone else knowing your activities, for example when looking for help and information about domestic abuse.

Use Someone Else’s Devices

The safest way to learn about domestic violence and ways to get help is by using someone else’s computer, tablet or smartphone, such as those available at a workplace, public place, or belonging to friends and family and away from your abuser or household. This decreases the likelihood that an abuser would discover your interest in finding resources and help.

Use the ‘Escape Website’ Button

Clicking on the ‘Escape Website’ button at the top of the screen will immediately leave the website and load Google.co.uk, in case you are surprised by someone and need to quickly change what you’re viewing. It will also load another instance of Google IN a new tab to help avoid the back button being used to show the previous page. www.lgbtoxon.uk will still be logged in your history.

Use ‘Private’ or ‘Incognito Mode’

Many web browsers provide a private browsing mode that when used, stops the browser from tracking any of the pages in your history. Using this mode means there will be no trace on your computer of you having visited the site, once you have closed the web page(s). Learn how to use this mode in Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer,Edge or Firefox.

Delete Your Browsing History

Unless you use a private browsing mode, the websites you visit are tracked by your browser. In this case it is important to manually clear your browsing history after you have visited the website. Learn how to clear your browsing history for Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Delete Cookies

Most web sites drop “cookies” into your computer; they are small files that hold a modest amount of data that help tailor the use of a web site during future visits, such as pre-populating fields to save you time. Here you can learn how to delete cookies on your computer.

Keeping Your Smartphone Safe

Your smartphone is essentially the same thing as your computer. This article contains excellent ideas that prevent others from accessing information on your smartphone. You should also consider deleting browsing history, cookies and search history from your phone.

Keeping Your Tablet Safe

If you happen to have a tablet, you’ll want to take similar steps with the settings and browser, as have been recommended above. Here is information on how to do so on an iPad, Kindle, Galaxy Note, Surface and Google Nexus.