Internet Safety

Computers record everything you do on the computer and the internet, including information about the websites you have visited, your passwords, and what your emails contain, and it is impossible to completely clear your tracks.

If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that an abuser does not have direct or remote access to. It could be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a trusted friend’s home, or an Internet Cafe.

Email is not a safe or confidential way to communicate. An email is like sending a postcard through the mail.  Anyone along the path can read what your email says.  If you need to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life, if possible call a hotline instead.

If you must use email to discuss your situation, try and use an account that an abuser does not know about.

Set up a new account with a free email service like yahoo, gmail, or hotmail. Do not use a name or password that contains any identifying information. Instead, use a name and password that contains a mix of letters, capital letters, and numbers. If possible, remember the user name and password so you do not have to write it down. If you do have to write it down, put it in a place your abuser is unlikely to find it.