Tips for Safer Technology Use
Use a safer device. If anyone abusive has access to your cell phone, computer, tablet or other device, he/she may monitor your activities. Try to use a safer device when you look for help, a new place to live, etc. It may be safest to use a computer at a public library or community center.
Change passwords and PINs. Some abusers use victim’s email and other accounts to impersonate and cause harm. If anyone abusive knows or could guess your passwords, change them right away and then frequently moving forward. Update your password protected accounts such as: online banking, email, voicemail, etc.
Don’t use “Autofill” and “Suggest.” By turning off these options, no one who uses the computer after you will accidentally or purposefully see your user names or be able to log in to your accounts without needing the passwords.
Clear your internet history. You may want to change your internet browser settings to never remember browsing history. If that’s not possible, delete your history when closing your browser.
Be aware of possible tracking devices. Gadgets that help us find our keys can also be used as tracking devices by abusive partners. Check bags and vehicles for potential trackers, and make sure features such as Find My iPhone are turned off. If you are an iPhone user and someone has placed an AirTag on your person, your phone will alert you that an AirTag has been found “moving with you.”
Click here for the National Network to End Domestic Violence Technology Safety & Privacy Toolkit for Survivors.