Domestic Violence Internet Safety Tips

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your Internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call our hotline at 1-800-791-4000, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.

  • Did you know that you can monitor someone’s computer use without the user knowing? Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don’t need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone’s computer and Internet activities. Anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor with programs like spyware, keystroke loggers and hacking tools.
  • Did you know that a “history” cannot be completely erased from a computer? If you are being monitored, it may be dangerous to change your computer behaviors such as suddenly deleting your entire Internet history if that is not your regular habit.
  • Did you know that cell phone use can be monitored? Remember that corded phones are more private and less interceptable than cordless phones or analog cell phones.
  • Did you know that a global positioning system (GPS) can be placed on your car, in your purse or in your cell phone?
  • Did you know that some court systems are placing court records online and that they may contain personal information?
  • Did you know that e-mail is like a postcard and can be intercepted? If you use email or instant messaging, please use a safe computer and an account your abuser does not know about.
  • It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center, at a trusted friend’s house, or an Internet Cafe.

For More Information

For more information, download the following tip sheets published by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

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