Internet Safety

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To connect with services at Sarah’s Inn, please call our 24-hour crisis line at 708-386-4225. An advocate will listen to your unique situation and help you understand your options for services at Sarah’s Inn and elsewhere.

Do you prefer texting? You can also send a text message to our text line at 708-792-3120.

Internet Safety Tips

  • If you think your activities are being monitored, they probably are. You don’t need to be a computer programmer or have special skills to monitor someone’s computer and Internet activities – anyone can do it and there are many ways to monitor with programs like Spyware, keystroke loggers and hacking tools.
  • It is not possible to delete or clear all the “footprints" of your computer or online activities. If you are being monitored, be cautious about changing your computer behaviors such as suddenly deleting your entire Internet history if that is not your regular habit.
  • If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious. You may want to keep using the monitored computer for innocuous activities, like looking up the weather. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan, look for new jobs or apartments, bus tickets, or ask for help.
  • Computers can store a lot of private information about what you look at via the Internet, the emails and instant messages you send, internet-based phone and IP-TTY calls you make, web-based purchases and banking, and many other activities.
  • It might be safer to use a computer in a public library, at a community technology center, at a trusted friend’s house, or at an Internet Café.