The Internet has become a hunting ground for obsessive stalkers who relish the fact that they can retain complete anonymity while preying on innocent people under the guise of a friendly chat room dweller. Social media sites like Facebook have regularly come under attack as so much personal information can be there for the taking. Keeping yourself safe while enjoying all that the web has to offer has never been so important and could prevent you from becoming another cyber stalking statistic.
If you follow these safety guidelines you will make it extremely difficult for a stalker to get into your life.
1. Never give out your name address or phone number online or off.
2. Be aware that posting your photo online can lead to unwanted attention.
3. Don’t put your real name in an email address. Too easy for a stalker to find out where you live. Protect your identity at all times.
4. Keep your privacy settings updated in the social network sites you frequent. If you set up privacy guards it will reduce the number of people viewing your information.
5. Don’t agree to meet people you talk to in chat rooms offline. If you do make sure it is in a very public place and take someone with you. There have been too many recorded tragedies regarding young people who have thought they were chatting with someone their own age only to find upon meeting them they were much older and deadlier.
6. If you are talking to someone in a chat room that continually asks for personal information cut all contact and stay offline for at least 48 hours.
7. If you believe you are the victim of an online stalking contact the police or FBI immediately.
Many online stalkers try to damage the reputation of their victim. They have been known to post false information on message boards and social media sites. This is the way they try to assert power making them feel in control. They may involve other people in their pursuit tricking them into believing that the stalker and his family are the real victims. They will hire private detectives to gather information and order goods online in the name of the person they are stalking. They are relentless and very hard to get rid of. Keeping their target in a constant state of anxiety and stress is the aim of these Internet narcissists who are able to control the life of another person from the comfort of their living room often many miles away.
Trust your instincts and at all times protect yourself, as you never really know who could be online the same time as you.