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*The information stated here is limited in detail and does not guarantee your online and computer safety. For more extensive information regarding Internet and Computer Safety for victims of violence please go to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Website

It is important to remember that computer technology can put your privacy and safety at risk. There are hundreds of ways that your computers hard drive can record everything you do on your computer and on the Internet. If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. Abusive people are often controlling and want to know your every move. You don’t need to be a computer expert or have special skills to track someone’s computer activities – anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor a person's online activities.

Computers can provide a lot of information about what you look at on the Internet, the e-mails you send, and other related activities. It is not possible to delete or clear all computer “footprints”. Footprints are computer files such as cookies, Internet history, deleted files, temporary Internet files, as well as other files often hidden from plain view.

If you think your use of technology is being monitored you can opt to use a "Safer" computer. Examples of a safer computer that may offer you more privacy would be: computers located in a public library, Internet Cafe, a trusted friends house, or a community technology center (CTC). To find a center near you please visit the national listing at the CTC website.

Other precautions you can take to lesson your online risk include the following:

Never share your e-mail password(s). However, if you believe your abuser knows your password, before    changing it, consider whether that may cause more danger by arousing suspicion.

Passwords should be difficult to figure out. Never use birth dates, street addresses, names etc.

Consider having more than one e-mail account so that you have an alternative if your abuser forces you to    close an account.

Ask friends and family to not share your new e-mail addresses.

Never register your personal information such as your real address or phone number when you sign up for     an online service or web e-mail accounts such as Yahoo or Hotmail.

Computers can also be a useful tool in accessing information about what you are going through and what you can do to seek help. However, keep in mind that some domestic violence websites are not legitimate and may give you misleading information. Your local domestic violence advocate can help sort out any information that may be confusing.

Email is not a safe or confidential way to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life, if you wish to obtain further information or speak to someone about the abuse in your life or someone else's life, please call our 24 hour hotline whose numbers are listed below. Please note: traditional “corded” phones are more private than cell phones or cordless phones.

If you need access an out of state domestic violence program please visit our State Coalition Page.

If you wish to inquire about NYSCADV Membership, making a Donation , or for general assistance please contact our office:

350 New Scotland Avenue
Albany New York, 12208
Phone: 518-482-5465
Fax: 518-482-3807

or the NYS Domestic Violence Hotline at (see hotline numbers below).

*If you are in immediate danger, please call 911


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