Stay safe, keep your personal emails private

If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. 

Be aware of how records of your emails can be accessed:

  • Any email you have previously sent will be stored in sent Items. Go to sent items and delete emails you don't want a person to see
  • If you started an email but didn't finish it, it might be in your drafts folder. Go to the draft folder to delete it
  • If you reply to any email, the original message will probably be in the body of the message - delete the email if you don't want anyone to see your original message.
  • When you delete an item in any email program (Outlook Express, Outlook, Thunderbird etc) it does not really delete the item - it moves the item to a folder called Deleted Items. You have to delete the items in Deleted Items to remove them completely
  • If there's a risk that your abuser may know how to access your emails, it's a good idea to set up a new email account. Use a provider like Hotmail or Yahoo for an account you can access from anywhere, and use a name that is not recognisable as you, for example baked_beans_2016@hotmail.com . Keep this email secret.

General security 

If you do not use a password to log on to your computer, someone else will be able to access your email and track your internet usage. The safest way to find information on the internet, would be at a local library, a friend's house, or at work. 

If you do use a password make sure it's one someone who knows you can't guess, such as your pet or birth date, and change it regularly.