Technology Safety

It is possible that your computer activities may be monitored. Whenever possible use a safer computer at a public library, community center, or Internet café when you look for help, a new place to live, or any information that may put you in danger.

  • Passwords: Make sure you have a different password for each account you may have online or on your computer/phone/laptop
  • Email: have more than one email account and use them for different purposes, create email addresses that don’t contain your full name since that can be very identifying
  • Social Media: Check the privacy settings to ensure your safety, many default privacy settings may allow your information to be seen publicly. The social network’s privacy policy will tell you who else has access to your information, such as advertisers or third parties. Talk to the people in your life about what they should or should not post online about you. Other people may share your information online, such as your employer, church, and any volunteer organizations that you belong to.
  • Stalking: Keep a log of every stalking incident to create a paper trail and make a successful prosecution more likely. For example: Caller ID records, logs of phone calls, copies of threatening letters and email messages, items sent to you in the mail, pictures of injuries, or even photos of the abuser outside your home. Maintain a list of names, dates and times of your contacts with law enforcement.

It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, or at a trusted friend’s house