Safety & Privacy Online

At OUTline, we understand that the coming-out process can be difficult. Finding lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit, intersex, asexual resources and navigating lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit, intersex, asexual sites is not always easy when there are people looking over your shoulder. Here are some tips to help you navigate this and other sites while protecting your privacy:

  1. Hide the page. If someone walks in and you need to quickly navigate away from the site, click the University of Guelph logo (on every page) to be taken to the University of Guelph homepage. Another strategy is to have a second browser window open that is larger than the one you are viewing this site in, placed so the edges spill over this one. That way you can quickly click to it and cover up this page.
  2. Stealthy bookmarks. When you’re prompted to save a bookmark, give it a secret name. That way if roommates, siblings, parents, or friends are looking through your bookmarks they won’t know what it is. As added security, you can bury it in a folder within your bookmarks menu.
  3. Clearing your browser’s files. Get familiar with your browser’s privacy features including how to delete your cache and viewing history. You can usually set a browser up to clear these items every time you close the program.
  4. Using Google Chrome’s incognito window. Google Chrome offers a feature called the incognito window. When in this mode, websites you visit and files you download won’t be recorded in the browser’s history. Click here to find out more. Other browsers like Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox now have a “private browsing mode.”

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