POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 87 4. Gather important items Government documents (originals or copies) • Birth certificates, social insurance, driver's license, health cards, passports, court orders, immigration papers or treaty cards. Financial papers • Mortgage or lease, information about loans or assets. • Money, including credit cards, debit cards, and cheques. Personal affairs • Important phone numbers (friends, services, shelters). • Keys, phone, medications (or a list if you don't have time to gather them). • Other items, such as toiletries, toys, photos or sentimental items. If you can't keep these things stored in your home for fear your partner will find them, consider making copies and leaving them with someone you trust. Your local women's shelter will also keep them for you. If you have children, make sure their school or day care centre is aware of the situation and has copies of all relevant documents. 5. Be careful about your computer • Anything you write on a computer will create a lasting record on the computer and on the internet and you won't be able to control who reads that record. • An abuser can monitor your online activity and history. Use a computer at work, a friend's house, or the library. • Log out of your profiles before leaving and clear your browser history. • Never share your passwords. • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) can be particularly dangerous: • don't use your own name or post personal information. • keep your privacy settings up to date. • consider closing your accounts. How to clear your browser Your computer contains critical information which could put you in danger! Here's how to keep your searches invisible: Internet Explorer: From the Tools menu, select Internet Options. Choose the General tab and, under Temporary Internet Files, click on Delete Files. Under History, click on Clear History. Then, click OK. Firefox: From the Edit menu, select Preferences. Under Privacy, select History and click on Clear Browsing History Now. Then select Cache & click on Clear Cache Now. Safari: From the Safari menu, select Empty Cache and click on Empty. Pull down the History menu, select Clear History and click on Clear. Chrome: From the Chrome top right-hand corner box with 3 bars, select Tools and clear browsing data. In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove (history, cookies, cache). Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select Beginning of Time to delete everything and click Clear browsing data. HOW TO PLAN FOR YOUR SAFETY ...continued