Internet & Computer Safety

Often times, those in abusive relationships have their safety, integrity, and privacy compromised through social media, hacking, and spyware.  See the links at the end of the page for specific information and instruction on cybersafety.

At the very minimum, it is good practice to:

  • Use the public library to access the internet or a computer at friend’s house you trust.
  • Change user names, security questions and answers that your abuser may know.  This includes online bank accounts and email addresses.
  • Set your social media accounts to private.  Do not add any person you do not know as many times an abuser will create fake accounts to spy on your activity.
  • Cover the webcam on your personal computer or laptop.
  • Remove your information from reverse directories
  • Opt-out of people search engines


Whoa – Working to Halt Online Abuse – cyberstalking, online bullying and harassment

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – Fact Sheet 14: Are You Being Stalked? – practical ways to protect yourself including instructions on how to remove your information from reverse directories

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – Online Privacy & Technology 

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – Fact Sheet 35: Social Networking Privacy: How to be Safe, Secure and Social

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – Fact Sheet 36: Securing Your Computer to Maintain Your Privacy

King County’s advocacy web page on internet and computer safety.

For helpful low-tech tips on how to detect high-tech surveillance, please read Dr. Phillip Polstra’s article on protecting your safety and cost-effective measures you can take without footing the bill.


If you are in a dangerous situation, please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.


Last Updated February 10, 2017