Cyberstalking involves (frequently) conveying intimidations or wrong allegations via email or text, making intimidating or inaccurate posts on social media, stealing someone’s identity or information or spying and keeping an eye on someone’s computer and internet activities. At times the intimidations can intensify into physical spaces. In the online world, a number of predators lurk around.
Anybody can be stalked on the web. However, the bulk of victims of cyberstalking are women. Surveys reveal that 80% of cyberstalking survivors are females.
How can you stop people from stalking you online?
Here are some tips which will help you in preventing cyberstalking:
- Be careful about what secret knowledge you dispense online especially in email, on social networking platforms such as Facebook and Instagram and chat rooms. It is incredibly easy to gather information concerning where you reside, the sites you frequently visit in your neighborhood and the individuals who are close to you from posts and photos.
- Make a separate email account for joining the social networking platforms and other web platforms. It will assist in evading spam, and your private email ´will remain hidden if the social media service does not have a sound privacy system.
- Do not feel forced to fill the entire form while creating an account online or give identifying data such as date of birth and place in required fields.
- In your social media accounts, do not add pictures where your location or any identifiable information can be ascertained.
- Contemplate about putting a name which is not your original name or a nom de plume as your username. Also, do not set regular dates such as your anniversary as the figures in the email username or password. Preferably, choose a name which is gender as well as age indeterminate. Be very careful while using your email account. Apply safe internet practices and always be aware of the risks.
- Keep looking your name and email up on search engines and see which results it generates. By doing this, you will get to know if someone is maligning you and trying to make false accusations about you online.
- Moreover, do not add people you do not know. Inspect profiles closely before accepting any friend requests. Try to add only people you have met in person. If you are not sure about a profile, then try to have a video chat with them to verify their identity.
- Block anybody you find suspicious. If anybody insults you or offends you, then block the person. Report any bad or aggressive behavior as soon as possible.
If somebody stalks you online, then report them. Do not stay silent, get in touch with the appropriate authorities.