As online technology, smartphones and other devices continue to grow in importance to society, as ways to connect with friends and family, access support and conduct business they also open up new avenues of risk and possible abuse.
To help you use this website, and associated webpages safely, please see below some tips on how to be safe online, as well as links to more detailed websites.
Closing a website
Quick exit button
A quick exit button is located either on the middle, right-hand of the screen, or top right-hand corner of every page. Press it if you need to exit this website quickly. You will be automatically redirected to Google. See Maintaining personal safety while browsing the FCoA and FCC websites for more information.
Closing a page quickly:
You can also use Ctrl+W (Windows) or Command+W (Apple) to close the page you are viewing. This will automatically shut down the web browser you are using.
Neither of these quick shut down methods will delete your internet browser’s history.
Deleting Browsing History
To clear your internet browsing history, you can click on one of the links below for the browser you are using, or for most desktop browsers, with the browser window open press Ctrl+Shift+Delete (Windows) or Command+Shift+Delete (Apple).
- Chrome: Clear, enable and manage cookies (data) in Chrome and Clear browsing data (website history)
- Internet Explorer: View and delete your browsing history
- Microsoft Edge: View and delete browser history
- Safari: Clear your browsing history in Safari on Mac
- Firefox: Delete browsing, search and download history
Most browsers will allow you to switch to ‘incognito’ mode as a way to browse the internet in private. Browsing the internet in incognito mode ensures the pages you view in incognito tabs are not recorded in your browsing or search history. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will stay when you close an incognito browser. You must close all of your incognito tabs when you have finished browsing.
For further information on how to be safe online visit the eSafety Commissioner website . Some popular pages include:
- Technology facilitated abuse
- Online safety planning
- Use your device safely
- Protect your personal information
- Online safety advice in languages other than English
- Connect Safely
If you or someone you know are experiencing online abuse as part of domestic and family violence please visit the domestic and family violence section of the eSafety Commissioner website for advice and support to ensure you can continue to safely use technology and remain connected.