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Hide This Page button – What is this?
If you click on this button it will immediately take you away from the Cantara site to the Weather Network website. If you are using a computer in a public place, or somewhere that someone might see what website you are visiting, you can use this button to hide what you are doing quickly.
Keeping Safe While Getting the Important Information You Need
Keeping yourself and your family safe while gathering the information and resources you will need to make informed choices is crucial. When an abuser finds out that their victim is obtaining resources, learning that domestic violence is wrong, or planning to leave is often a very dangerous time and violence will often increase / worsen in severity. Please follow these basic guidelines listed here.
- DO NOT save this address as a bookmark on your browser (the software that allows you to access the internet). Write the address down and hide it where you know your partner will not find it. You may want to write this address in such a way that your partner will not know what it is. You can also memorize the address.
- Locate and clear web browser histories on your hard drive. The information in these files is created when visiting web sites. Delete the information in these files. Most often the contents of these files are only computer jargon, but there is a possibility that the web sites you have visited can be traced from these files. Every browser will create and store this information differently.
Clearing web browser histories in this way will delete ALL histories of visited websites. If you are concerned that someone may be checking up on your Internet usage, the absence of all files and history may appear suspicious.
Before closing the Browser AFTER you have left this site
PC Windows – Internet Explorer
- Select the Tools in the menu bar. Open the Internet Options Dialog Box and select the General Tab.
- In the Temporary Internet Files, click Delete Files. Check the “Delete all offline content” and click OK.
- In the History, click Clear History.
- Click OK to exit the Internet Options Dialog Box.
PC Windows – Netscape
- Select the Edit in the menu bar, then select the Preference.
- Under the Category, select Navigator. Then click Clear History.
- Under the Category, select Cache under Advanced. First click the Clear Memory Cache followed by the Clear Disk Cache.
- Click “Tools” – “Options”.
- With the “Options” dialog box appears, click “Privacy”.
- Click the “History” tab.
- Click “Clear Browsing History Now”.
- Press “OK” to close the dialog box.
(right click the mouse on the Start at the bottom of the menu bar, select Explore)
- Select Windows in the C drive.
- Open the Temporary Internet Files Folders. Select all the files inside this folder and delete.
- Open the History folder (e.g. c:\windows\history\today in Win 98), select all the files inside this folder and delete.
- Open the Cookies folder (e.g. c:\windows\cookies in Win 98), select all the files inside this folder and delete.
- Disable the AutoComplete in the windows and/or browser options.
- Finally, after completing the above deletions, you should also empty the recycle bin.
How to Call for Help Safely
A partner can often tell when a woman makes up her mind to stop the abuse. Do not underestimate your partner. Make sure your phone calls don’t leave tracks.
Internet-based telephones, which also go by names like “VOIP”, or “Network Telephony”, keep records of all calls. Web-based telephone systems, such as “Skype”, also keep records. You should not use these types of telephone systems to call for help, if your partner has access as well.
Cell phones can also keep records of the numbers that have been called.
A local call made on a regular telephone line will not produce a record of the call. However, many telephones have a “redial” button, and you may want to call a friend or other “safe” number after you make any call you don’t want your partner to know about – they can check up on you just by pressing “redial”.
One way to be sure your home telephone uses a regular telephone line is to check your telephone bill. It will come from a Telephone Company, such as Bell or Telus. It will not list any local numbers, only long distance. If you still aren’t sure, you should use extra caution.
The safest way to call or to receive calls from us is from a friend’s phone, a public phone, a work phone, or any telephone that has nothing to do with your partner.
*** calls from Cantara Safe House will come up as private #
(taken from the ACWS Website)