About Abuse

Safety While Using the Internet

February 11, 2016

I’m planning on moving. How can I keep my new address confidential?

It is difficult to really keep your new address completely confidential, but there are some things you can do to lessen the number of individuals or businesses that have access to it.

Many states now have address confidentiality programs set up for victims of domestic violence, sexual harassment, and stalking.  Generally, in these programs, all your mail will be sent to a safe location and will then be forwarded to your new address so that you do not have to give your new address to anyone.  To find out more about the program in your specific state: type “address confidentiality program” plus the name of your state into a search engine such as Google.  If your state has a program like this, it might be a better option than filling out a change of address form with the post office.  The U.S. Postal Service enters all of these addresses into the National Change of Address Database, which would likely provide them to marketing companies, lenders, magazines, etc.  The more companies that get your information, the higher the chance that your new address could end up on the Internet and in the hands of the abuser.