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Internet Tips

Safety Warning
Your computer use can be monitored by others! Consider using a public computer or a friend's computer. Please read these computer safety tips or Leave the site.

Web Safety

Your computer use can be monitored and may be impossible to conceal. If you are in danger, find a safer computer, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

Internet Safety

Read this first: 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 friend's house to access 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. 

Quick Tips: 

  • If you receive harassing emails, save them as evidence.
  • Use a private browsing method such as "New Private Window", "New Incognito Window", or "InPrivate Browsing".
  • Use a web-based email service like Gmail.
  • 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.

Your computer use can be monitored in a variety of ways, and may be impossible to erase or conceal. If you are in danger, leave this website. Find a safer computer, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.