Abortion and Privacy — What is Safe Browsing?
When you’re using the internet, even if you are only browsing, you leave traces of your activity across the websites you visit and on your own device. If you are concerned about protecting your privacy while you browse our site, we are providing information here about how to browse safely!
You don’t have to take all the safe internet browsing precautions listed below! You can think about what you are most worried about and decide what action you want to take based on your specific concerns regarding abortion and privacy. For example, if you are worried about someone else looking at your computer after you use it, skip to clearing your browsing history.
Safe Browsing — Steps We Take
We are dedicated to protecting your privacy when you visit our site and providing a safe internet browsing environment is a cornerstone of that protection.
Encrypted with HTTPS
Our website is secured with HTTPS, which uses encryption to keep any information you enter on our website between you and our website only. Look for the lock icon?next to the website url in your browser before you enter any information.
When you leave our site — whether it’s because someone came into the room or because you are done — we recommend that you use our escape button, by pressing the escape bar on the screen or by pressing the ESC button on your keyboard. When you use the escape button, a new browser tab opens and goes to Weather.com, and this browser tab is redirected to Google.com. Note that your browser history is NOT erased by clicking the escape button. After you escape, we recommend closing the Google.com tab and deleting the wiki from your browser history. You can find instructions for deleting a site from your browser history here.
How to Browse Safely — Protecting Yourself from Someone Accessing Your Device
Abortion and privacy are serious issues. If you are concerned about someone monitoring your device or checking up on what websites you visited, you can take the following safe browsing steps, depending on what you are most worried about.
If you are worried about someone looking at your browsing history:
Clear your browser’s history
A browser is the software that connects you to the internet; for example, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc. The browser on your device keeps track of which websites you visited. You can delete this site from your browser history by following these instructions.
Use an incognito window to prevent your activity from being recorded in your browser history
Using your browser’s incognito mode will prevent websites you visit from showing up in your browser’s history. Your browser will also not store any cookies from sessions in incognito mode. However, the websites you visit can still see that you are visiting them, and anyone monitoring the activity on your device (with or without your consent) can still see the sites you are visiting.
If you are worried about someone monitoring your device:
Use a device that you are sure is not being monitored
- Be aware of whether or not other people (for example, people in your household) have access to the computer you’re using. It’s advised to use a device only you have access to if you are able.
- Do not use a phone or computer provided by your school or employer or that has school or employer software installed on it.
- If you suspect someone is monitoring your device, use a friend’s device or a public device (for example, at a library) to visit our site.
If you are worried about third-party trackers, our website, or your internet service provider knowing your browsing activity:
When you browse the internet, the websites that you visit and your internet service provider (ISP) keep track of what you are looking at. Your internet service provider is the company that provides your wifi or data connection, like Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T, etc. If you want to hide your activity from the websites you are visiting and from your ISP, you can use a paid, private virtual private network (VPN) or the free, private browser called Tor for safe browsing. If you want to hide your activity from third-party trackers that track you across different websites, you can use Privacy Badger to block third-party trackers and cookies.