Internet Safety Tips
Although an “Exit Now” button is prominently displayed on every page of this Website, all actions on computers and mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, can be tracked.
- It is not uncommon for your abuser to track every Website you visit.
- Remember that email or instant messaging are never confidential ways to communicate.
If you want to be 100 percent certain that your activity is secure, use a safe computer or mobile device in a public place such as public library, internet café, school, or in the home of a trusted friend or family member. It is important that the abuser not have any access to whichever device you decide to use.
Using your home computer?
- Clear your web browser’s history, although if the abuser has installed spyware, this will not prevent the monitoring of the computer.
- To browse the internet privately, click on the following links to learn the steps to take for each browser. Our suggestion is to use one browser and follow the directions for it:
Browsers on mobile devices also have built in capability to prevent history from being tracked.
The private browsing methods above also apply to their mobile version counterparts. In addition, tracking software can also be installed on mobile devices without your knowledge. Mobile devices pose a serious threat to safety since location services can often disclose your location without your knowledge.
Basics steps everyone should take:
- Never share your passwords with anyone.
- When devising a password, use a combination that is easy to remember but hard to for someone else to duplicate. Incorporate both numbers and upper and lowercase letters.
- Set up a private email account that only you know about on a public Website such as Yahoo, gmail or hotmail.
- Never use the “remember password” option.
- You will have to supply information when setting up the account, but never use your real name, phone number or address.
- Use this account only for emergency communications or among your trusted friends and family members.
- Keep your old email account so you won’t arouse suspicion.