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Internet Safety

1. Computers create records in hundreds of ways of everything you do on the computer and on the Internet.

2. If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer where someone abusive does not have direct access, or even remote (hacking) access.

3. It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center, or CTC www.ctcnet.org (national directory), at a trusted friend's house, or at an Internet café.

4. If you think your activities are being monitored, you are probably right. 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 activities - anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor.

5. Computers can provide a lot of information about what you look at on the Internet, the emails you send, and other activities. It is not possible to delete or clear all computer "footprints".

6. If you think you may be monitored on your 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, or bus tickets for California on a home computer or any computer an abuser has physical or remote access to. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan.

If you are in danger, please:

  • Call 911, or

  • Call the Day One Center at 1-866-223-1111 , or

  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE.

E-mail is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life; please call one of the above hotlines or your local battered women's program instead.

"Corded" phones are more private than cell phones or cordless phones.

adapted from the web site of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

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