How To Take a Screenshot

Although it's pretty easy to take a screenshot, not everyone knows how to do it. Taking a screenshot can be helpful if you want to document evidence of harassment or abuse. This short video walks you through how to take a screenshot on you computer or smartphone. As always, make sure you think about your [...]

By |2018-08-22T17:00:10+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , |

Why understanding technology is vital in tackling domestic abuse

This article was originally posted on Telstra Exchange. by Karen Bentley, National Director - Women’s Services Network (WESNET) Technology has the potential to be a two-edged sword for those experiencing domestic violence. Working at the Women’s Services Network (WESNET), I’ve seen first-hand how perpetrators can misuse technology to abuse their victims, most often women. This includes threats [...]

By |2018-08-10T11:41:42+00:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

Are you smart enough to live in a smart world?

We live in a world where everything is at our fingertips. Literally. From our smart phones and smart watches, we have the ability to control our entire lives - from knowing how much milk you have in your fridge to unlocking your front door while you're at work. Smart technology is turning everyday objects, [...]

By |2018-07-12T11:24:04+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

Updated: Image-Based Abuse handout

We just updated our handout on image-based abuse. This update includes more information about the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s Image-Based Abuse Online Portal. In Australia, image-based abuse is the sharing of (or threat to share) intimate images without the consent of the person in that image. Many states in Australia have legislation that makes [...]

By |2018-02-23T15:54:59+00:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Securing your home Wi-Fi network

The first thing people ask when they visit is: “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” Home Wi-Fi is no longer a luxury but almost a necessity for many households. So many home devices: computer, laptop, smartphones, tablets, smart TV, printer, home cameras, and for some households, even lightbulbs and refrigerator connect to the internet! In this [...]

By |2018-02-16T13:16:20+00:00February 16th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Tips for a secure email

An email address is essential for most transactions these days, from activating a mobile smartphone, to making online purchases, to setting up an online account. An email address is more than just another method for someone to contact you. Your email account may contain sensitive and important communication and is often connected to important [...]

By |2018-01-29T13:05:50+00:00January 29th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

Emergency safety apps: which one is right for me? Part III

How to choose an emergency safety apps and incorporate it into a safety plan With so many different apps, and the fact that some of them duplicate what you can already do with your phone, how do you decide if you need an app, and if so, which one to choose? Below are more [...]

By |2018-01-12T10:09:00+00:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

Emergency safety apps: which one is right for me? Part II

Apps that notify emergency responders How it works Another type of emergency safety app will notify a call centre, who will then contact 000 on your behalf if you have an emergency. Often called ‘personal safety alarms,’ these services can come as a mobile app, an app that you download onto a smartphone, or [...]

By |2018-01-12T10:31:54+00:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

Emergency safety apps: which one is right for me? Part I

There are many emergency safety apps for smartphones and wearable devices (sometimes also called personal safety alarms) available for victims of abuse. They generally fall into two categories: (1) services that notify a select group of individuals that you have an emergency, and (2) services that notify emergency responders that you need help. Because [...]

By |2018-01-12T10:27:55+00:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Tech Safety Resources|Tags: , , , |

New Resource: Privacy & Safety on Facebook

WESNET and Facebook Australia teamed up to release an Australian version of Privacy & Safety on Facebook: A Guide for Survivors of Abuse. Launched at WESNET’s 2nd Annual Technology Safety Summit, this guide includes information about Facebook’s settings and features, as well as privacy tips for survivors using Facebook. The guide also includes Australian-specific resources [...]