Safely visiting trans websites

As I mentioned at the top, this is the safest way to get information. Just make sure the site is legit. In recent years, there have been several fake teen transsexual sites put up by pathetic scumbags. Sometimes these sites have erroneous advice, but usually they want you to email them. If you aren't sure if a site is the real deal, contact me, and I'll see what I can find out.

Remember, not only can people monitor you from your end, but website owners can monitor you from their end. For instance, I can tell when someone visits my sites from a corporate site. If you are worried about this, you can surf the web safely through several systems. I like the Tor safebrowser option, although it lists source code and not images. For text-based sites, this is good.

Not secure: The Google search engine has a “Cached” option at the end of the entry. A reader wrote in 2002: "Regarding the recommendation to use Google cache to browse websites: That does not prevent your visit from being logged by the website in most cases. If the website contains images, you are still loading those images from the website rather than from Google."

As a general rule, don't order stuff, sign website guestbooks, fill out forms, take polls, or respond to phone numbers on websites. Google Chrome and other browsers often have an "Incognito mode" (Shift-Command-N) which can keep your visits from being logged as you browse.

Bottom line: surfing websites is generally quite safe, but only you can decide what level of precautions is right for you.

Parental controls and monitoring software

If you are reading this page, you probably are not being blocked by parental controls, but some computers may not let you visit this site. In addition, your parents may have software installed that allow them to see where you have been going online. It's important to be careful if you think they will respond badly.

A reader writes:

I have Norton Antivirus 2004 and it likes to block the website and put it under my blocked content under parental control. Here's the message:

Norton Internet Security has blocked access to this restricted site.
Blocked categories: Sex Education/Sexuality

If you think this web site is incorrectly categorized, visit the Symantec Internet Security Center to report it. I'm positive that AOL or any other parental control would block your site.

Anoymous Proxy may be a way to get around business or family computer filters but there will still be the trace of the proxy URL.. So I think the proxy would be more for kids who need to visit these websites under anonymity. Though alot of parental control blocks proxy's as Annoymous Proxies so it is very hard to find a good one. I use I get so much bandwidth and I can maybe read information for an hour or so.

I also found that if I look the page up on Google then click the cache link you can visit an older version without it being blocked.

Purging your web browsing history after a session

In most browsers you can set your hard disk cache to 0. This will keep your computer from storing files from pages you have visited, but you still have to do something about that pesky history file, though.

A reader wrote with ways to purge the History file most browsers keep:

There's a functionality on almost all browsers that logs all sites you visited during say the last 20 days. It's called history and the sites visited can be listed by pressing CTRL-H on most browsers. What appears in the address bar when you are typing something comes from this list.

Its data is most compromising thing stored in a computer.

To clean it in MS Internet Explorer, you go to:

Tools > Internet Options > General

and press the Clear History button.

In Netscape Navigator you press CTRL-H, mark what you want to hide and press DEL.

In Opera you have a wonderful option called Delete private data that clean EVERYTHING. You should recommend this browser.

You should put this on your site and warn the others. History is the easiest way to discover what others are doing in the Web.

A reader writes with an additional security tip:

With respect to "deleting" browser cache and history files: For maximum security, you may want to further suggest that users concerned with the discovery of sensitive information after a web session may want to consider not only deleting cache and history files--which remain on the hard drive after a delete operation and can be resurrected and restored by many disk recovery utilities)--but to also use a disk wiping utility to overwrite these files so that they cannot be recovered. I use a freeware program called "Sure Delete" to perform this task; there are many other similar products available.

In this section:

Transgender web safety

Safely visiting transgender websites

Safely interacting with others online

Putting up your own website: pros and cons

How to minimize an existing web presence

Readers who have been outed online

Reader tips: online safety

Other web resources