INTERNET & COMPUTER SAFETY ALERT
IF YOU ARE IN DANGER, PLEASE CALL 911
Email is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the
danger or abuse in your life. Call a hotline instead.
• Call The Women's Center's 24-hour hotline at 1-800-334-2094
• Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE.
• Traditional ''corded'' phones are more private than cell phones
or cordless phones.
• There are hundreds of ways that computers record everything you do on the
computer and on the Internet.
• If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive
does not have direct access, or even remote 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 activities - anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor.
• 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
• It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology
center (CTC) www.ctcnet.org (national directory), at a trusted friend's
house, or an Internet Café.
COMPUTER USAGE ALERT:
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE MONITORED on your home computer, you might consider no home internet use or only safe internet surfing. Example: If you are planning to flee to California, don't look at classified ads for jobs and apartments, bus tickets, etc. 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.