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Protecting the Information on Your Shared Computer

Since many of us use our computers for everyday, personal tasks, we'd prefer to keep much of the information stored on our computer private. If you share your computer with others such as roommates or family members or use a public computer (ex: library or school computer), you may want to take steps to ensure your information stays private. Here is a list of things you may not want to share with others and tips on how to keep them private. If you are looking for privacy tips on sharing your computer in the workplace please check this editor's caveat.

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Learn how to erase traces of your Web travels from the computer you share with others including your history and cache files. You can also learn how to keep files and data on your computer hidden from others. Make sure to thoroughly delete your email files and keep your passwords to yourself.

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The Tools Section guides you through how to change your Web browser's preferences to purge files in your history and your cache file that show where you have been on the Internet. Follow the step-by-step animated tutorials to erase these "bread crumbs" in: Internet Explorer Version 6 and Version 5, American Online Versions 7 & 6 and Version 5, Netscape Navigator Version 6 and Version 4.5, and Opera Version 6.05, Version 6 and Version 5.

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If you feel that someone with whom you share a computer has stolen something of value from you, your best course of action is contacting the local law enforcement authorities.

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