Stalkers are not always simply hidden shadows in the night. The evolution of technology has made it easier for stalkers to achieve their menacing goals. It’s important to be informed about this issue in order to defend yourself against potential threats.
Here are 5 ways to protect yourself from cyberstalkers:
1. Hide your personal information
Social media sites encourage you to share as much of your life as possible with your “friends.” It might be nice to be able to instantly look up someone’s birthday or check out where their new job is located, but just remember that everyone now has access to this information.
To best protect yourself, you should hide this information using your account’s privacy settings. The people that need to know that information can just ask you in person. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
2. Use security software
Security programs have a ton of features nowadays. Not only can they prevent your computer from getting a virus, but they can tell if a website is threatening, check your emails, and even monitor your children’s Internet usage to protect against malware, ransomware, and cyber bullying. Look at some antivirus software reviews to see the different options and decide which is appropriate for your needs.
3. Stay logged out
It may be easiest to keep all your accounts logged in to your computer and cell phone for quick access. However, quick access for you also means quick access for attackers and cyber stalkers. Log out of your account when you’re done with it and always keep your passwords to yourself. Don’t share them with someone else or save them in a publicly accessible document.
4. Avoid catfishing scams
When you’re finally ready to meet up with the person of your dreams after talking for a few weeks on dating apps like Tinder or Sugardaddie.com, don’t throw all caution to the wind for love. Be smart. Don’t give out your personal contact and social media information unless the other person reciprocates. Also be sure to video chat with them via Skype or FaceTime before meeting in person to ensure they are who they claim to be and are not pulling a catfishing scam on you.
5. Never send sensitive information
Your banking information and social security number are for your eyes only! If your bank needs access to your account or asks you to send them sensitive information, always confirm with their customer support service before giving it out. No matter how forgetful you are, no one else in your life (including your family members) should know what your debit card pin number is. Giving that information to anyone allows for it to be stolen by a cyberstalking third party who is spying on your every electronic move.
Cyberstalking is a real and serious crime that occurs every day to people around the world. Don’t let yourself be one of them. Stay vigilant, keep your personal information personal, and good luck out there.