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Using your Computer Safely and Privately

When you use a computer on the Internet, it records a lot of information about what you have been doing. This is meant to make it easy for you to go back to places you have been on the Web, or to recall what someone said in a Chat room. Unfortunately, others can look at this information too, if they have physical access to your machine. So you need to know how to clean up after your software, and keep information that could put you at risk in your own hands alone. The National Network to End Domestic Violence has a wealth of information to help keep you safe online.

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