WARNING!

If you are being stalked or abused, take steps to keep your abuser from knowing you are looking for help

EMERGENCY "QUICK ESCAPE" BUTTON

There is a red Emergency Escape button in the upper right-hand corner of every page on this website.

Click this button if your abuser enters the room while you are viewing this website. It will close this website and redirect your browser to a neutral page.

Clean Up Your Online Path

Internet Safety

Everything you do online is recorded. It is IMPOSSIBLE to clear your tracks completely. Your computer stores hundreds of bits of information about everything you do with your computer, including information about which websites you've visited, your passwords, and what your emails say. An abuser can easily track the websites you visit or read your email messages.

If you suspect your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusers 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 your activities - even without having direct access to your computer. Using a separate computer is best, but you can protect yourself at home by familiarizing yourself with processes like private browsing, deleting your browser history, clearing your cache and deleting cookies.

You can be tracked

Your abuser can track your online actions – there is nothing you can do to remove your tracks completely. If you try to erase your tracks, your abuser might become suspicious.

If you think you might be in danger, use a computer at a public library, internet cafe or a trusted friend’s house. If your abuser sends you email, do not open it on those computers.

If you need help now, call 911 or the

  • US National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
  • US National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
  • US National Teen Dating Violence Helpline 1-866-331-9474

Email Safety

Email is not a safe or confidential way to communicate.

Sending email is like sending a postcard through the mail. Anyone along the path can read what it says. If you need to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life, if possible, please call a hotline instead.

If you must use email to discuss your situation we suggest you use an account that your abuser doesn't know about. Set up a new account with a free email service like hotmail, yahoo, or gmail.

Password Safety

Be smart about passwords to keep your abuser out of your accounts.

DO NOT use a name or password that contains any identifying information (no names, nicknames, initials, birthdates, zipcodes, etc.) Instead use a name and password that contains a random mix of letters, CAPITAL letters and numbers (for example, HJ3v67Tn) -

Make sure you can remember the user name and password. If you must write it down somewhere, put it in a place your abuser is unlikely to find it.

If the computer asks if you would like it to save your password or login information tell it NO.

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Review these safety tips to learn more. Click the red quick escape button above to immediately leave this site if your abuser may see you reading it.
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