This guide is a project by CHAYN, an open-source project that uses technology to empower women against violence and oppression so they can live happier and healthier lives.
The aim of this guide is to equip any person not overly familiar with technology to protect themselves against stalking and being tracked by someone that may harm them. This guide will focus on online stalking, but its companion guide focuses on how to deal with physical stalking.
This guide was created with female victims of domestic violence in mind. We aim to provide the reader with the necessary tools and knowledge to minimise the chance of being tracked by the abusive person(s) after having left the abusive environment. However, the guide can be useful to anyone who is being stalked or tracked online by an abuser, regardless of their gender, location or situation.
The content for this document is openly licensed using the Creative Commons (Attribution Noncommercial 4.0). All are invited to share and adapt it as long as it is appropriately attributed and not used for commercial purposes. If you have any suggestions about how this guide can be made better or distributed more widely, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for collaborating with us. This will make a real difference to thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people.
We would like to thank our amazing partners and allies who have helped us by giving feedback and adding. We would like to thank all the CHAYN volunteers who helped put this guide together from different parts of the globe. We would also like to thank the many NGO’s and security geeks who helped shape this guide; Sara Baker of Take Back the Tech!, Nighat Dad, Jacquie Vernimont, Martin Shelton, Right2Know, Lawyers Against Abuse (LAA) and folks at Tactical Tech and Engine Room.
The CHAYN Team.