Stay safe online.
Internet & Computer Safety
Your Online Safety is Important.
There are hundreds of ways that computers record everything you do on the computer and on the internet.
If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive does not have direct access, or even remote (hacking) access to.
It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center (CTC) (national directory), at a trusted friend’s house, or an Internet Cafe.
If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are.
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 computers activities – anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor.
Computers can provide a lot of information about what you look on the Internet, the emails you send, and other activities. It is not possible to delete or clear all computer “footprints”
If you think you may be monitored on you home computer, you might consider no home Internet use or “safer” internet surfing. Example: if you are planning to flee to California, don’t look at classified ads for jobs and apartments, bus tickets, etc for California on a home computer or any computer and abuser has physical or remote access to. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan.
7 Tips for Internet Safety
- Use private browsing mode: Many web browsers offer a private browsing mode, which can help to prevent your browsing history and other data from being saved on the computer.
- Clear your browser history: If you can’t use private browsing mode, make sure to regularly clear your browsing history, cookies, and cache. This will help to remove any traces of your online activity.
- Use a VPN: A virtual private network (VPN) can help to encrypt your internet traffic and hide your IP address, making it harder for someone to monitor your online activity.
- Use a secure email service: If you need to communicate with someone online, consider using a secure email service that uses encryption to protect your messages.
- Be cautious about social media: Social media can be a powerful tool for abusers to monitor their victims. Be careful about what you post online and who you connect with on social media.
- Use strong passwords: Make sure to use strong, unique passwords for all of your online accounts. Avoid using the same password across multiple accounts, as this can make it easier for someone to gain access to your information.
- Be careful about sharing personal information: Avoid sharing personal information online, such as your address, phone number, or other identifying information. This can help to protect your privacy and safety.
Remember, these tips are just a starting point. If you are in danger, it’s important to seek help from a trained professional who can provide guidance and support.
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