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Cuan Saor Women's Refuge

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Perpetrators of domestic abuse are increasingly using spyware on home computers to track and intimidate their victims. Women with computers in their home need to be aware of the possibility that spyware may be downloaded on their PC, laptop or on their childrens' computers.

What is spyware?

Spyware is computer software that can be installed surreptitiously on a person's computer without their consent. The person who has installed the spyware can then access the computer remotely from another computer, and can monitor information input into that computer e.g. the user's visited webpages, emails, keystrokes etc.

Is it possible to tell if the computer has spyware on it?

It is often not possible to tell if the computer has spyware on it. A person being abused may realise that their abuser is using spyware because the abuser knows information that would be difficult to find out by any other means.

What should a person do if they suspect that their computer has spyware on it?

FREEPHONE 1800 57 67 57

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Our Mission: Cuan Saor's Mission is to support all women and children who have experienced domestic violence