Browser Safety

If you feel worried about visiting our website, we've got a guide to help you keep your visits private.

The following information is to increase your safety when visiting this website, but please be aware that it may not completely hide your tracks. Many web browsers have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to find information on the internet would be at a local library, internet café, a trusted friend’s house, or at work.

“Exit site” button

Clicking on the “Exit site” button in the upper left hand corner will redirect you to the BBC weather page, in the event you’re surprised by someone and need to quickly change what you’re viewing.

Delete search history

If you conduct searches using Google, Yahoo, Bing or other search engines, it is important to know that these services learn your search tendencies and make future suggestions based on your prior queries. Thus, someone using the same computer and browser may come to realise what types of information you have been searching for. Learn how to clear your search history after each session at Google, Yahoo and Bing.

Delete browsing history

The websites you visit are tracked by your browser as well, unless you manually turn off the tracking or you clear your browsing history; learn how to turn off the tracking or clear your browsing history at Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Toolbar. You can also click here to

Delete cookies

Most web sites drop “cookies” into your computer; they are small files that hold a modest amount of data that help tailor the use of a website during future visits, such as pre-populating fields to save you time. Here you can learn how to delete cookies on your computer.

Keeping your smartphone and/or tablet safe

To prevent others from accessing information on your smartphone or tablet you should clear your history, cookies, and cache by going into its internet settings.

If you are unsure of how to do this, please consult your phone or tablets manual, call your service provider, or visit a mobile phone shop.

Keeping Your Email and Social Media Accounts Safe

There are some excellent resources available on the Refuge website with guidance on keeping safe when using email and social media.