About Internet Safety

At CHANA, the part of internet safety that most concerns us is not identity theft, phishing, or other forms of fraud. It’s helping to keep women, men and children safe from those who would abuse them. So we have some special considerations regarding the Exit Here tab, as well as using email in general and ways to communicate with CHANA.

The Exit Here Tab

Some visitors to this website are in unhealthy relationships that include a controlling person who will want to check on his or her target to learn what sites that person has been viewing. Even if the visitor has pressed the Exit Here tab when leaving this or any other website, that will not erase the visit to that website. There are different ways to see what sites a person has visited, including a repeated click on the back button, clicking the tabs button or downward arrow on the right side of the address bar or viewing frequently visited sites.

If you are concerned that an abuser will want to control what you see on the internet, one response is to view the CHANA website and similar sites on a computer at a friend’s house, a library, or another location away from the abuser. As an alternative, learn some of the ways to make your web browsing and email data more secure.

First, determine which web browser you use to access the internet. Common browsers include Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Go to WhatBrowser.org, WhatIsMyBrowser.com, or WhatBrowserAmIUsing.co to learn the browser you’re using. You can also look at the top of the open window. If you see any of the browser names listed above, that’s your browser.

Privacy Mode

The Privacy Mode setting lets you use the internet but prevents the computer from keeping track of your actions. So in advance of visiting this or any other website, engage the Privacy Mode before you browse. Activating it now, for example, will not prevent this and other pages you have visited from being kept in your browsing history.

For more information about Internet Explorer 8 and newer versions, as well as the other browsers listed above, visit http://www.familycrisiscenter.net/internet-safety/.

Before exiting your computer, always double-check that Privacy Mode was actually engaged. If it wasn’t engaged, you need to clear your browsing data.

Using Email with Greater Safety

If you use the email programs that come with your computer – including Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Entourage, and Mac Mail – anyone with access to your computer can read your incoming and outgoing mail.

Consider using a web-based email service available from gmail.com, hotmail.com or yahoo.com. All of these email programs are password protected, and they are free. When you create a password, select one that no one can guess, not something obvious, such as “Password 1234” or your name or birth date and name.

Change your password often, always using combinations of numbers and letters that mean something to you but not to others. And don’t share your passwords.

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, print and save them. They are evidence of abuse that might constitute a federal offense. To learn more, contact the local United States Attorney’s Office.

If you email CHANA at info@chanabaltimore.org, think carefully about what you write, in case someone else might access your outgoing messages. We will respond in a manner that will not disclose any confidential or identifying information.