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