When using the internet, make sure to consider the following safety tips:
- Use a safe computer when looking for help – consider the public library, a friend’s house, or an internet cafe or bookstore
- Create a new safe, non-identifying email account using webmail
- Don’t open unknown attachments or attachments from the abuser
- Consider clearing your internet history.
- Limit what you post on chats or online discussions – it will probably be archived and could become available to the public through searches
- Do not open a social networking (ie. facebook) account or if you already have one, be sure to limit the information that you feed
- For more information about internet and email safety (including instructions on clearing histories, caches, and cookies), visit shelternet.ca.
When using a phone, consider the following:
- Understand your cell phone options – you may want to turn off your optional location setting
- Use caller ID blocking by dialing *67 before making a call
- Delete conversations stored in TTY devices
- Minimize use of cordless phones and baby monitors