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Internet Safety

The best way to protect yourself is to use a safe computer that your abuser does not have direct or remote (hacking) access to.

  • 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 computer and Internet activities -- anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor with programs like Spyware, keystroke loggers and hacking tools.
  • It is not possible to delete or clear all the "footprints" of your computer or online activities. 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.
  • If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious. You may want to keep using the monitored computer for normal activities, such as looking up the weather or recipes. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan, look for new jobs or apartments, bus tickets, or ask for help.
  • Email and Instant/Text Messaging (IM) are not safe or confidential ways to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life. If possible, please call a hotline instead. If you use email or IM, please use a safer computer and an account your abuser does not know about.
  • Computers can store a lot of private information about what you look at via the Internet, the emails and instant messages you send, internet-based phone and IP-TTY calls you make, web-based purchases and banking, and many other activities. It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a trusted friend's house, or an Internet CafĂ©. Remember, even if you follow these guidelines, it may be possible for your abuser to track your email or online activity.

Contact the CSN office at 733-3711 to get more information or to use our confidential message center.

If you are in danger, please:

  • Call 911
  • Call your local hotline: 307-733-SAFE(7233)
  • Call a national hotline:
    • U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or TTY at 1-800-787-3224
    • U.S. National Teen Dating Violence Helpline at 1-866-331-9474
    • U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673