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Crimes Against Persons
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.
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.
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