Cyber Safety Tips for survivors of domestic violence:

You have the right to privacy! There is, however, spyware available that increases the possibility of tracking internet history…and no way to completely erase your browser history with spyware so easily available. Rather than deleting browser history and thinking your browsing is “really gone,” please consider the following internet safety tips:

  1. If you believe your internet is being monitored, use a safer computer – at work, a friend’s house, or the public library. Anywhere your abuser will not have access to the computer is a safer choice.
  2. Remember that if you’re being watched, it could be more dangerous to suddenly change your internet habits. Deleting online history may make an abuser very suspicious.
  3. Emails, texts, “inboxing,” and “instant messaging” are not secure ways to communicate. It’s always best to call our crisis line at 1-800-442-0613 (toll free) or 778-7273 (local) from a secure line, i.e. one that an abuser can’t redial for the last number.
  4. Corded phones are more secure than cordless phones. Newer digital cordless phones are more secure than older analogue ones.