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Online safety

If you need to hide what you’re doing on this website, or protect yourself from someone, it can be safer not to use your home computer or your own mobile phone.

For example, use a computer at the library, or borrow a phone from someone you trust.

What this website saves to your device

When you use this website, and every time you use the internet, your device saves a record of:

  • the pages you’ve looked at and the files you’ve downloaded – this is called your ‘browsing history’
  • small files called ‘cookies’

How to delete cookies and your browsing history

Be careful because:

  • deleting cookies will also delete stored passwords for online accounts
  • clearing your history could make someone more suspicious

Try to only remove information about the websites you want to keep private.

Find out how to do that on:

How the ‘Exit this page’ button works on this website

There is an ‘Exit this page’ button on some pages. If you click this button, all the information you’ve entered will be deleted. This website will close.

You’ll automatically go to the BBC Weather homepage:

Cookies and browsing history will still be saved to your device.

On any page where you see the ‘Exit this page’ button, pressing the ‘Shift’ key 3 times will work the same way.

To find this website again, search ‘victim and witness information’.

How to use this website without storing cookies and browser history

Use the ‘private browsing’ settings. Go to the menu on your browser, click on ‘File’ and turn on:

  • Incognito on Google Chrome
  • Private Window on Safari
  • InPrivate on Internet Explorer
  • Private Browsing on Mozilla Firefox

On Samsung internet, you need to turn on  Secret mode.

Get help to stay safe online

There are other ways someone can track you online, for example by using spying or tracking programmes. See the Refuge website Secure your tech.