Internet & Computer Safety

When you are using the internet, your computer tracks what websites you visit. This can be checked by anyone you share your computer with.

If you are concerned that your website usage is being monitored, you can take these steps to help conceal that you have visited the YWCA of Walla Walla’s website or other websites providing resources about domestic violence.

How to delete your internet history

The steps necessary for deleting the history of websites you have visited may differ slightly depending on the type of computer (Windows PC or Mac) and the type of internet browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera) you are using.

You can clear your internet history by following the instructions for your browser:

If you are uncertain as to which internet browser you are using, try this tip: On a Windows PC, click on the “Help” toolbar, and choose “About.” Usually this will open a window that will say “About _____” which will include the name of the browser. On a Mac, the name of the browser appears in the menu bar, just to the right of the Apple logo.

How to privately browse the internet

Another option is to browse in a “private” setting, meaning that the computer does not track what websites you visit when you visit them. That way, you do not have to delete the history afterwards.

Here are instructions for using two private browsing methods:

Please note: Using Google Chrome Incognito on your mobile phone does not work for keeping your web browsing history secret.