Your email can be the proof of abuse.
If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. The messages may constitute an offence. However, remember to print the emails outside your house, e.g. in the library, and to keep the printings in the safe place.
The tool of bullying
Even after leaving an abuser, he may still bully you, if he knows your email.. or even control your inbox when he knows your login and password. If you haven’t left him yet, be careful when you are on the computer even reading your mail. Always log off and never remember the form data. I have written about it in the previous parts of this article. It would be even better to use a safe computer, outside your house, because you may not be able to close your mailbox or clean when your abusive partner suddenly appears.
You should also consider using a separate account on your computer, where only you know your password to it.
If he really bullies you via email, especially after leaving him, even if you do not use a computer at home, blacklist his email address. Then, even if he may describe himself differently as a sender, you will not receive his emails.
You should also consider increasing your email account against hackers. Your abusive partner may blackmail you that h will compromise your account (not necessarily only the email one) – himself or by using someone who is IT-skilled. What can you do then? Go to a safe computer and follow the steps described here http://web.appstorm.net/roundups/tips-tricks/10-simple-tips-to-secure-your-email-account/
Switch to a more secure email account
Few webmail providers offer SSL access to your email. Yahoo and Hotmail provide a secure connection only while you log in, to protect your password, but your messages themselves are sent and received insecurely. In addition, Yahoo, Hotmail and some other free webmail providers insert the IP address of the computer you are using into all of the messages you send. In this way, your abusive partner can find you, unless you are using other , safer computer elsewhere.
Gmail accounts, use a secure connection during log-in and all the way until you log out. You can confirm this along the way by looking at the address bar and observing the URL starting with ‘https’, where the ‘s’ denotes a secure connection. Unlike Yahoo or Hotmail, Gmail avoids revealing your IP address to email recipients. However, it is not recommend that you rely entirely on Google for the confidentiality of your sensitive email communication. Google scans and records the content of its users’ messages for a wide variety of purposes and has, in the past, conceded to the demands of governments that restrict digital freedom.
If possible, you can create a new RiseUp email account by visiting https://mail.riseup.net.RiseUp which offers free email to activists around the world and takes great care to protect the information stored on their servers. Unlike Google, they have very strict policies regarding their users’ privacy and no commercial interests that might some day conflict with those policies.
Both Gmail and RiseUp are more than just webmail providers. They can also be used with an email client, such as Mozilla Thunderbird. Ensuring that your email client makes an encrypted connection to your provider is just as important as accessing your webmail through HTTPS. A the very least, you should be sure to enable SSL or encryption for both your incoming and outgoing mail servers.
Chck your current email account. What could you do today to increase its safety/
Author: Victoria Herocten Writer and coach.
Since 2009 she helps women with abuse to start over and how to be happy .
The co-author of the bestseller “Gratitude Book”.