Email is not a safe way to talk to someone about the abuse in your life. Please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.
- There are hundreds of ways to record everything you do on the computer and what you access on the Internet.
- If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Use a computer at a public library or a computer lab to access resources and information. Any indication of leaving your situation could put you in danger.
- It is not possible to delete or clear all computer “footprints”. Erasing or deleting files could also alert your abuser and possibly increase your danger.
- Do not let your computer save your passwords.
- Spyware can be installed easily and is hard to detect. Every key stroke or web page viewed is recorded and seen by your abuser.
- If you receive harassing emails, save them as evidence.
- Use a web-based email service like Yahoo or Hotmail.
- Choose passwords that are not easy to guess and change passwords often.
- Keep your files on a removable disk and put passwords on them to deter access.
Private or Anonymous Browsing:
- Internet Explorer: open a new tab. In the main body of the page, you should see an option to “Open an InPrivate Browsing window.” (For more info)
- Firefox: Click on the orange Firefox menu on the upper left corner, choose “Start Private Browsing.” (For more info)
- Chrome: Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar, then select “New incognito window.” (For more info)
Your computer use can be monitored in a variety of ways, and may be impossible to erase or conceal. If you are in danger, use the Escape button to leave this website. Find a safer computer, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.