Monday, January 17, 2011

Who's Watching You?

Here are some articles posted by The National Network to End Domestic Violence on how to keep yourself safe in our internet/cellphone/GPS-connected world.

"Who's Spying on Your Computer? Spyware, Surveillance, and Safety for Survivors" explains spyware, how it works, how it can end up on your computer and provides safety tips for survivors of abuse, for organizations that assist victims, and for parents.  This article is also available in French.

"Online Privacy and Safety Tips" offers a printable PDF with bullet points to consider when you go online.

While these articles are directed to women who are in hazardous situations, the world is a dangerous place for women even when nothing overtly bad is happening. Adding the information in these articles so your personal safety database includes current technology is time well spent, and could go a long way to keeping you out of trouble.

If you are being officially stalked or "just" harassed by someone showing up unexpectedly or at odd hours, get help - start online here at the National Center for Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center, and then make contact with your local domestic violence or sexual assault hotline.  They have more resources for you.

(Thanks to Donald Brooks' blog for the chilling purple artwork.)



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