Online protection requires a safe computer
that is inaccessible to an abuser.
- Fears of being monitored online are often founded in reality: the desire to control can result in tracking every digital move. Easy-to-use programs like Spyware and keystroke loggers make it possible for anyone to use, even non-programmers.
- If a home computer is compromised, consider continuing to use it for everyday searches like weather or recipes. A safer computer can be employed for plotting an escape plan, looking for a new job or apartment, buying bus tickets or seeking help.
- Online footprints are impossible to erase completely: erratic changes in computer behavior – such as sudden deletion of Internet history – can raise alarm bells.
- Emails or text messages are neither safe nor confidential; do not talk about danger or abuse via digital communications. Instead, call a hotline like the Community Safety Network Help-line at 307-733-SAFE (7233). If unable to call, use a safer computer and a secure account.
- From sent emails to web banking, computers store reams of personal and private information. Seek privacy in a safer computer at a public library, a trusted friend’s house or an Internet café. Remember: Even a safer computer won’t block an abuser from tracking email or other online activities conducted through known channels.
For more information on internet safety or to use Community Safety Network’s confidential message center, contact our office at 733-3711.
- Call 911
- Call a local hotline: Community Safety Network Help-line at 307-733-SAFE (7233)
- Call a national hotline: U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224.
- Call a specialty hotline: U.S. National Teen Dating Violence Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673