Stalking 2.0: Tips to avoid cyberstalking

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18 / 02 / 2015

Stalking 2.0: Tips to avoid cyberstalking

For the last 10 years cyberstalking has become a real epidemic in all its manifestations. We collected tips and advices how to protect yourself from cyberstalking.

First of all you will never know where stalker is and who, it could be an stalker's innocent joke which is more than 1000 kilometers far from you, or a real threat from the next door.

If the idea of cyberstalking scares you, that's good. That discomfort is a reminder that you need to be alert and aware the internet. Staying vigilant offline is important too. Your cell phone, iPhone 6, your home call display - all of these things can be manipulated by technology.

Cyberstalking can be very dangerous. You can lose friendships, credit, careers, self-image, and confidence. Ultimately it can lead the victim into far greater physical danger when combined with real-world stalking. Unfortunately we are talking seriously. Spyware software can be used to monitor everything happening on your computer, giving tremendous power and information to cyberstalkers.

We collected tips and advices how to protect yourself from cyberstalking:

#1. Never reveal your home address. This rule is especially important for women who are business professionals and very visible. You can use your work address or a rent a private mailbox. Just don't have your home address readily available.

#2. Create a different email account for registering in social networking sites and other online spaces. It will help to avoid spam and your personal email won´t be revealed if the online service doesn’t have a good privacy practice.

#3. Make sure to practice good password management and security. Never share your passwords with others. And be sure to change your passwords frequently! This is very important.

#4. Do an online search for your name or your family members' as well as cell. phone numbers now and then to see what's available about you and your kids online. Don't be shy about searching social networks (including your friends' and colleagues'), and be sure to remove anything private or inappropriate.

#5. Delete or make private any online calendars or itineraries--even on your social network--where you list the events you plan to attend. They could let a stalker know where you're planning to be and when.

#6. Be suspicious of any incoming emails, telephone calls or texts that ask you for your identifying information. The "Caller ID Spoof" can mimic your bank's caller ID. It is very easy for a cyberstalker posing as a banking representative, utility, credit card representative or your cell phone provider to obtain your personal private information. If you are suspicious hang up and call the institution directly to be sure that you were not a target of a cyberstalker.

#7. If you think you have a cyberstalker, move fast. Lots of people don't take action because they think they're "crazy" or imagining things. Record incidents – time, place, event. Victims of repeated attacks tend to become paralyzed with fear. Meanwhile, cyberstalkers often get such a rush off the first "attack" that it encourages them to keep going. The faster you take action and block their ability to hurt or harass you, the sooner they lose interest in their project.

#8. If you suspect that someone is using spyware software to track your everyday activities, and you feel as if you're in danger, only use public computers or telephones to seek help. Otherwise, your efforts to get help will be known to your cyberstalker and this may leave you in even greater danger.

#9. As always, use Security Features from MacKeeper to prevent someone from getting spyware onto your computer via a phishing attack or an infected Web page. Check the app store for your mobile devices to see what security software is available.

At final point it seems like nothing we can do against cyber crime, but even simple tips and advices it is much more than nothing. Keep Calm - use MacKeeper and follow tips.