Internet Safety

E-Mail

If an abuser has access to your e-mail account, he or she may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password he or she will not be able to guess.

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, print them and save them as evidence of this abuse.

History/cache file

If an abuser knows how to read your computer's history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), he or she may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet. You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your web browser's settings. Be sure to clear your browsing history and delete temporary internet files (also known as disk cache) as well as "cookies." Also clear saved information from your search toolbars.

Please note: This information may not completely hide your tracks. Many browser types have features that display recently visited sites. The safest way to search for information on the Internet if you are in danger is at a local library, a friend's house, or at work if possible.

Basic Internet Safety Points:

  • Always read a website's privacy policy before giving any personal information. Also make sure that a website offers a secure connection before giving credit card information.
  • Do not share private or personal information over the internet, such as: address, telephone number, social security number or passwords.
  • Do not open email attachments from contacts you do not know.
  • If you use social networking sites, be cautious as to information and pictures that are posted and/or shared. Check your privacy settings often as they are constantly changing.
  • Change all internet passwords if you feel someone has gained access to your account(s).
  • Always clear your “Recycle Bin” or “Deleted Items” folders. Be sure to do the same for your email accounts as well.
  • Do not allow your browser to save any passwords if you are fearful of someone accessing your accounts.

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