Many websites that have information about domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking have a “quick escape” or “leave this website” button at the top of their web pages. Some websites have a pop-up message to let you know that you should leave that website if your device is being monitored. These buttons or messages are there to allow someone to quickly leave the website if she or he is concerned that it could be an issue should someone know that they are seeking this kind of information.
This button is only helpful if someone is watching over your shoulder or enters a room and you need to quickly switch to another website. It will not prevent the other person from going through your browser history or from knowing you were on that website if they are monitoring your device or internet activity remotely.
To minimise the chances of someone knowing that you are researching information about domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, follow these tips.
- If you think your devices or internet search activities are being monitored, access this information from a device that isn’t being monitored. That should be a device to which the abusive person does not have physical or remote access. This is the safest thing to do if you don’t want someone to know that you are visiting these websites.
- Sign out of other accounts, such as Google or Facebook, before visiting these sites.
- If it is safe to do so, delete the websites URLs that you don’t want to be stored from the browser history.
- Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to increase the security of your internet browsing and activity.