If your abuser has access to your computer or e-mail, they could be watching you.
Here are some basic tips to enhance your technology safety:
- If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move.
- Use a different computer in a library or borrow a friend’s.
- Email, instant messaging (IM), text messaging (SMS), Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and other social media sites are not safe ways to share. Call a hotline instead.
- Continue using your computer for normal things, like checking the news or the weather– if you stop using it, your abuser may get suspicious.
- Create a new email account, but don’t use the same password and remember to sign out after using it.
- Talk to your friends and family about the safest ways to contact you.
Visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence for additional information and resources.