- There are hundreds of ways that computers record everything you do, including using the internet.
- If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone you fear doesn’t have access to, or to which such a person could gain access.
- It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, a community technology center, or a trusted friend’s home.
- If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusive people are very controlling and want to know your every move. You don’t need to be a computer wiz or have special skills to monitor someone’s computer activities – anyone can do it and there are many ways to do so.
- Computers can provide a lot off information about what you look at on the internet, the contacts you make, the mail you send, and other activities in which you may engage. It is not possible to delete completely or clear computer “footprints” completely.
- If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, you might consider avoiding internet use. For example, if you are planning to flee, don’t contact shelters in your area on the internet. If you are planning to flee to Kansas City, don’t search Kansas City classified job ads, apartments, bus tickets, etc., on your home computer. Use a safer device to research an escape plan.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or one of the 24-hour hotlines to the right.