Using devices (computer, iPad, tablet, smartphone, etc.) to access the Internet results in thousands of records of one’s activity to include email, messaging, social media, searches and web site visits. Additionally, there are many programs available to track the activity or whereabouts of an individual.
If you believe your online activities are being monitored, or if you are in danger, the following Internet and computer safety tips are recommended:
- Use a computer or device that the abuser cannot access—directly or remotely
- Use a computer in a public library, in the home of someone you trust, or at an Internet café
- Utilize private window options when visiting certain sites—especially those sites that detail safety planning, support and shelter information
- When on domestic violence prevention sites, click on the ‘Escape’ link any time you feel at risk
Tech Safety App
The Tech Safety App:
- helps you understand how different technologies can be misused to harass or stalk
- shares solutions for what you can do about it
- offers tips on how to increase your safety and privacy
- includes a wide range of resources, including those on this site, the WomensLaw.org legal hotline, and other hotlines
This app takes advantage of the National Network to End Domestic Violence Safety Net Project’s more than 15 years of working on the intersection of technology abuse and violence against women. The Safety Net Project has provided expert advice, trainings, and consultation on this issue to thousands of survivors of abuse, victim service providers, and technology companies.
This app provides one more avenue for getting information into the hands of survivors and their service providers.
Learn more and download it: TechSafetyApp.org