Web Safety


Computers store a lot of information about the websites you visit, emails and instant messages you send, web-based phone calls you make, online purchases and banking, and many other activities. If you are worried that someone might check what you are looking at or doing on this computer, don’t use it to get help and advice. Instead, use a computer in a library, at a trusted friend’s house or an internet café. Keep using your computer for your routine activities, such as looking up the weather or checking what’s on TV.


Leaving FRASAC Site Quickly


If someone comes in while you are viewing the site you may need to leave it quickly to hide what you are doing. We have provided three ways for you to go quickly to a harmless site, plus of course if you are fast enough you can simply close your browser. Below are the three ways, but BE AWARE that none of them erase your history, and a simple click of the BACK button will reveal where you were. We have therefore also provided information on how to cover your tracks by erasing your history, so please read on and make sure that you know what to do. Please familiarise yourself with the three 'escape' methods and practice covering your tracks. All three methods will take you to a harmless website such as Google or the BBC, chosen at random from a list of several such sites.


Method 1


At the bottom right of each page you will find the exit button shown at left. It will stay at the bottom right of the page regardless of any scrolling. Simply click it.


Method 2


At the top of every page there is a purple bar just below the FRASAC logo. The exit button shown here is at the left end of the purple bar. Simply click it. NOTE - unlike method 1 this button will scroll out of view off screen.

Method 3


If you are in the middle of typing a message to FRASAC on the Contact Us page, you might not have time to click an exit button. Simply press the ESC key instead.




Never leave the FRASAC site open in one window while you work on something else in another window. None of the above methods will work until you return to the FRASAC window, which might take too long.



Clearing your web browser’s history

You can clear some evidence of visited sites, and any searches you have done, by clearing your web browser’s history. However, this won’t remove all records from your computer’s memory and someone in your home would not have to be a computer expert to find the remaining records.


REMEMBER - If clearing your browser’s history isn’t something you do regularly don't do it, as this might arouse suspicion.


Unfortunately there is no standard method for clearing browser history, and it not only varies from browser to browser but it can also vary from version to version within the same browser. You will need to learn how to do it for your particular browser., so use the browser's built-in help system to guide you. The following notes are just a general guide and may not apply to all versions of each browser.

Internet Explorer (PC)

Pull down the Tools menu and select Internet Options. Click on the 'Delete Files' and 'Clear History' buttons on the general page.


Firefox (PC and Mac)

Pull down Tools menu and select ‘Clear Private Data’. Tick ‘Browsing History’, ‘Download History’, ‘Saved Form and Search History’, ‘Cache’ and ‘Authenticated Sessions; then click on ‘Clear Private Data Now’.



Pull down Members menu, select Preferences. Click on WWW icon. Then select Advanced, and click 'Purge Cache'.


Safari (Mac and PC)

Pull down the Safari menu, select 'Reset Safari', click on 'Reset'.

NOTE - Safari also has a 'Private Browsing' option which you can choose before you browse and turn off afterwards. To use this, pull down the Safari menu, select 'Private Browsing', and click OK when you see a confirmation message. To turn private browsing off, choose it from the menu again, and close any windows you’ve used to view private information.



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