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Digital Abuse

Overview

Most of us use smartphones and computers without thinking twice about safe internet browsing. So, if you feel that your partner is monitoring your online activity, it might be important to keep your information safe and secure. Every online interaction can leave a trail of electronic breadcrumbs that your spouse or partner can track and possibly:

  • Access your private information
  • Gain control over your online accounts
  • Use your mobile device to track your whereabouts
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Technology misuse

Smartphones and other electronic devices are where much of life happens, but it’s also the place where unhealthy relationship patterns can develop. And it can be hard to know where the line is between healthy and unhealthy patterns of behavior.

Today’s technology has allowed for new forms of abuse, such as one spouse or partner using it to harass or control the other. This can include one partner posting sexually explicit images of the other online without their consent as a form of revenge or harassment.

The following resources can help you keep your information secure from technology misuse — and keep track of it if it happens.

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