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If you are concerned about someone knowing that you have visited this site, Please follow the instructions below to do everything possible to erase your internet tracks. Although no method is 100% safe, the methods below will help to protect you from detection unless the person searching for your internet whereabouts is well-versed in advanced computing.

First, we would like to explain how your internet browser saves your history. There are a few places your computer will save data about your internet whereabouts:

  • GRAPHICS CACHE - When a webpage is first viewed, all of the graphics are stored on your computer in a cache, or storage space, on your computer's hard drive. This cache is used to make previously visited webpages load faster by saving the graphics from the page for later use.
  • HISTORY FILE - Your computer keeps a list of every webpage that you visit in a history file. This is used by the browser when the history button is pressed.
  • COOKIES - Cookies are files created by a webpage to track certain user details, and they are also saved on the hard disk. Cookies contain information about the internet address of the website that created them and can be used to trace your whereabouts.
  • BROWSER BACK BUTTON - Your browser saves a list of visited sites in order to make the back button function properly.
  • INDEX.DAT (Internet Explorer only) - This is a file that resides on your hard drive and contains information about all of the sites visited by a browser. Although this file cannot be deleted easily, it is very difficult to use to trace internet activity without extensive computer operating system knowledge.

For instructions to clear your history, please choose your browser from the choices below:

Internet Explorer         Netscape         America Online

To Remove the Index.dat file (Internet Explorer Users) - WARNING: FOR ADVANCED USERS ONLY! DO NOT ATTEMPT UNLESS YOUR DOS AND OS SKILLS ARE EXCELLENT!
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This section is not intended to be a substitute for assistance or counseling. If you are in a domestic violence situation and require further assistance, please call 911 or the 24-hour hotline on your island:

Hilo: 959-8864    Kauai: 245-6362    Kona: 322-SAFE (7233)    Maui/Lanai: 579-9581
Molokai: 567-6888    Oahu: 841-0822 (Town/Leeward) 526-2200 (Windward)

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