Taking all of the actions on this page may not prevent an abuser from discovering your email and Internet activity. The safest way to find information on the Internet is to go to a safer computer. Use of your home computer to visit this site can be tracked by someone in your home. You may want to use a computer in a public library, a friend’s house, your workplace or an internet café.
Other safety suggestions: Change your password often, do not pick obvious words or numbers for your password, and make sure to include a combination of letters and numbers for your password.
HOW AN ABUSER CAN TRACK YOUR ACTIVITIES
If an abuser has access to your email account, he or she may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. Even 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 email messages, you can print and save them as evidence of this abuse. These messages may also constitute a federal offense. For more information on this issue, contact your local United States Attorney's Office.
ERASING YOUR TRACKS
If an abuser knows how to read your computer's history of cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), he or she may be able to see the information you have viewed on the Internet.
See additional information about internet safety at www.thehotline.org