The Technology Safety and Privacy Toolkit

The Technology Safety and Privacy Toolkit provides women, youth, and gender-diverse people experiencing technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV) with safety tips, general information, and strategies to use technology safely and increase privacy. This toolkit also includes tips on securing specific devices and using specific platforms and technology.

TFGBV is when technology (such as a smartphone, computer, Smartwatch, or a Smart home device) is misused to commit violent abusive acts such as domestic violence, harassment, stalking, sexual assault, impersonation, extortion, and the non-consensual filming and sharing of intimate images.

This toolkit includes a series of specific tech safety documents designed to help survivors and anti-violence workers respond to and enhance strategies for safety. Though the content of this toolkit is up to date at the time of publishing, we know that technology is constantly emerging and changing. We encourage you to check our toolkit regularly for updated information and connect with your local shelter or transition house for additional support.

A Note on Language

In this toolkit, we will sometimes use the word woman/women and feminine pronouns for simplicity and to recognize the significant impact technology-facilitated violence has on women and girls. We recognize that TFGBV also impacts trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people. We hope that all people impacted by TFGBV will find these documents useful.

Word of Caution

This toolkit is available as read-only on this website with an option to download the PDF versions of each document. If you are reading this toolkit on a device that may be monitored by your abuser, do not download the PDF versions as they will automatically save in your downloads folder. If you think that someone is monitoring your phone, use a different device that the person cannot access (and that they have not had access to in the past), such as a computer at a library or a friend's phone. You can also use to find a shelter/transition house near you to discuss options with an anti-violence worker.

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