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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Internet Safety

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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 safe computer, for example, your local library, a friend's house, your workplace, or an internet cafe.

  •  Change you password often, do not pick obvious words or numbers for you password, and make sure to include a combination of letters and numbers for your password.

  • Check out infor about a guide that Facebook created for survivors of abuse here.

We know that technology is ever-changing and an abuser can use it to further jepordize your safety and security. 

  • You can monitor someone’s computer use without the user knowing.

  • A “history” cannot be completely erased from a computer.

  •  Cell phone use can be monitored.

  • If an abuser sends you threatening or harrassing email/text/social media messages, you can print and save them as evidence of this abuse.

However, technology can also be a powerful tool for someone leaving a violent relationship, and advocates can help an individual plan to use all aspects of technology safely.

For more information and support, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

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