Cyber stalking describes when a person is stalked or harassed by another person using a service of the internet such as email, instant messaging or via a posting in a discussion group. Stalking behaviors can include threats, cryptic messages and sexual innuendo that occur in a frequent and intrusive manner. The usual goal for stalking is to create a sense of fear in the recipient and the motivation is based on control and intimidation
You can report to the authorities any personal threat that you consider to be stalking. Personal threats are considered as an assault, even when no physical contact has been made
Protect yourself against cyber stalking
Find out what is already published about you on the internet. Type your name into one of the Google services (web, images, groups, directory or news) and see if anything is already online
Stay anonymous. Only use your ISP email for official communication and create other email accounts, for example when you enter an online competition
Choose a name that you wish to use online which is different to your real name and gender unspecific. When signing up for an online service such as chat or instant messaging, refrain from submitting any personal information others will be able to see online. You are generally allowed to leave the personal information fields blank on sign-up forms.
Be careful where you display any real life photos. It is easy for others to save these photos and display them on other parts of the internet.
Be aware of the online services that people can contact you on and take any precautions necessary to protect yourself and your machine from any attacks when using these services.
Report cyber stalking to Crime Stoppers
You can make a complaint about internet content that you think may be prohibited by law.
How to protect your information
Use strong passwords (eight or more characters which include numbers).
Do not keep account details and pin numbers together
Do not enter personal, identifiable information into online profiles
Immediately delete any emails asking for personal details
Make sure your online banking is secure
Type in the web address yourself and never follow a link, such as to your bank
Only shop from places you have heard about or you know are reputable
How to identify common security threats
By using common sense, you can spot many online security threats. Be careful of anything unusual which is happening both on and offline
check your bank details and phone accounts regularly for any irregularities; take note of any strange phone calls,
emails or other communications that may be happening; be alert of any new scams that are reported in the media; and
think twice before you click or download something when online, even if it looks authentic
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12 February 2013
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