SAFETY ALERT: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are in danger, or feel you are being monitored, please use a safer computer.
INTERNET AND COMPUTER SAFETY
If you are in danger, please:
- Call 911
- Call Safe Shelter at: 1(701)251-2300 or 1(888)353-SAFE
- Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1(800)799-SAFE
Email is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life, please call us instead.
- 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 to, or even remote (hacking) access to.
- It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center, at a trusted friend's house, or an Internet Café.
- 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 completely delete or clear all computer “footprints”.
- 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, 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.
Traditional “corded” phones are more private than cell phones or cordless phones.