What technology safety and privacy practices I should consider as a victim of domestic violence?
Technology isn’t always your friend when it comes to ensuring your privacy and safety. If you are a victim of domestic violence, be aware of the following and take the appropriate precautions:
- Your computer and cell phone can be monitored
- Your browsing history can never be erased completely even if you are in Incognito mode
- Email is not private and can be intercepted
- Global Positioning System (GPS) can be placed on your items
- Some jurisdictions publish records online which could reveal sensitive information
Some steps you can take:
- Avoid shared computers. Use a VPN (virtual private network)
- Open an account your partner doesn’t know about
- Consider using a pay as you go phone
- Check your social media setting and ask people not to post photos and personal information
If you have experienced or are currently experiencing this in your intimate relationship, know that you are not alone and you can seek help by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 (SAFE). For specific resources available, please also refer to "What resources exist for domestic violence victims?"