With all our information out on the internet, it’s way too easy for someone to fall victim to cyber stalking. Knowing someone is out there watching your every move on the internet can and probably should cause a feeling of unease. How can you feel safe when some anonymous stranger knows what you are doing?
It really gets bad when your cyber stalker is planning on breaking into your home. You wouldn’t even know if someone was keeping track of your routine on social media and in most cases it wouldn’t be very difficult at all. A national survey shows that over 4% of internet users have been led into physical danger because of something that happened online and a whopping 12% have been stalked online. And that’s just the numbers people admit to and are aware of. I would imagine the number of break-ins that were planned using social media is pretty high.
“Only 61% of youth have enabled the privacy settings on their social networking profiles to protect their content, and 52% do not turn off their location or GPS services across apps.” – mcafee.com
Examples of Cyberstalking
There are ton of ways anyone can be targeted online. Uploading personal information or blackmailing someone through saved emails, creating fake information to discredit someone at work or even in their personal life. Sometimes they might get into someone’s social media accounts and start messing with their contacts. Usually they hack in by making fake websites to get your login info.
Another thing to keep in mind is advanced technology like GPS tracking. If someone knows where you live and wants to track you all they have to do is slap a GPS tracker under your car and now they will know exactly when you leave the house.
Online Privacy and Preventing Cyberstalking
Some people might tell you that the only way to have any privacy on social media and the internet is to stop using it altogether. While that would obviously work, you can also utilize the privacy features on certain apps and keep your information private. If you have children on social media, just make sure to set up their accounts to not share information and keep the GPS functions on the app off at all times. If you don’t know whether you have information already out there, do a Google search of your name. For sites like Facebook, you can call the Facebook helpline and ask whether or not your information is out there.
Another issue is someone might know you in person and use social media to track your routine to find a good time to strike. If this is the case, then really you can either stop posting status updates or get a home security system setup with some hidden cameras so you can either scare them off or catch them. You can get a free quote for a home security setup for your house online.
“According to a recent survey, nearly 6.6 million people in the United States are stalked each year.” – pvteyes.com
Avoiding Home Invasion
At a certain point preventing someone who is trying to track you and steal from you is out of your hands. The best thing you can do is set up some security in your home. What a lot of people will do is set up a security sign in their front yard a first line of defense. While this does have an effect on your probability of being a victim, most of the time it’s pretty easy to tell when a security system is not active and it’s a fake sign.
What you really need in this situation is an audible alarm as well as professional monitoring. The ESA reposts that 74 percent of uncompleted intrusions are directly caused by audible alarm security systems. They also report that 90% of convicted home invaders avoid homes with active alarm systems.
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