Computers can store a lot of private information about what you look at on the Internet, the emails and instant messages you send, internet-based phone calls you make, online shopping and banking, and many other activities.
If you think your computer use is being monitored or you feel in danger, try to use a computer that no-one at home has direct or remote access to, such as a public computer in a library.
There are many ways to monitor people's computer use 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, it may be dangerous to change your computer behaviours such as suddenly deleting your entire Internet history if that is not your regular habit.
Remember too that email and Instant/Text Messaging (IM) are not safe or confidential ways to talk to someone about any danger you may be feeling. If possible, please call the Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817 or call the person you want to talk to about it directly instead.
If you use email or IM, please use a safer computer and an account no-one at home knows about.
Tip: Email and the internet may not be a safe way to communicate if you are concerned for your safety.