Cyber Stalking

Cyber Stalking
Cyber stalking and physical stalking can lead to a physical attack. Document and take precautions to protect yourself.
  • Posting threats or attacks on social networking sites.
  • Creating false profiles and sending ‘friend requests’ or ‘follow requests’.
  • Gaining access to already established accounts.
  • GPS (global positioning system) built in phones on shared plans or can be purchased and installed in vehicles. Used to track and monitor victim.
  • Text messaging
  • Email
  • Instant messenger
  • Set your profile to ‘private’. With some social networking sites, this might entail just checking a box.
  • Use your own phone service.
  • Limit posting any amount of information that is personal, identifying or shows scheduling of any kind. The more information you post about yourself, the more likely you will be tracked.
  • Do not accept ‘friend requests’ (or “follow requests”) from strangers. If you can contact the person off-line to verify he or she sent the request.
  • Warn your friends and acquaintances not to post personal information about you, especially your contact information and location.
  • Avoid online polls or quizzes.
  • Make sure there aren’t any indicators of your location, (current or future) in any of your posted photos.
  • Use extreme caution when connecting your cell phone to your social networking account.
  • Always use a strong, unique password for every social networking site.
  • Remember you most likely will not know if your stalker has accessed your online social networking account.
  • Only post information that would not expose you to harm if your stalker should read it.