Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 30, 2012
Cyber stalking is a dangerous crime that affects millions of people around the world each year. Increasing awareness and public education is the best way to get the message across. If you or anyone you know that has been affected by cyber bullying/harassment/stalking this article is to provide free information on how to protect yourself . Listed are some tip to help Facebook users who are suffering from a cyber stalker. Its time to defend yourself. Let's raise awareness to take action against these internet predators.
By definition Cyber stalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization. It may include false accusations, identity theft, and other forms of harassment. The definition of "harassment" cause another reasonable person distress.
Cyber-crimes are very real and most people underestimate its seriousness and impact. Cyber stalkers are driven by obsession, jealousy, manipulation, power, and a slew of other harmful characteristics. By damaging one's reputation and turn friends/business people against them, it can cause serious distress. Posting false information on the internet is a crime by leaving the victims to live in fear, develop anxieties, become socially dysfunctional, depressed and there is an increase risk of suicide rates. Social Medial outlets such as Facebook can be a haven for on-line predators. Tracking and investigating can be a long hard process.
Raj Jackson became interested in cyber crimes after being a victim himself. He was attacked by mental patient and the attacker used fake Facebook profiles to impersonating him. Then created a network of fake friends to share posts and spread hateful blogs and lies across the internet. His stalker attacked more than 15 people across 10 states in total. Currently, he is being under investigation and charges are being filed.
Instead of avoiding the contact with the person its better to become extremely proactive about the situation. The mission is to get the message out that this type of activity is a criminal behavior and must be stopped. My first step is to help educate facebook users on the dangers on the Internet.
Here are some simple tips.
1. GATHER MATERIAL. Take screen shots of profiles, save all emails, record and log phones calls. All types of communication should be logged.
2. CHECK PRIVACY SETTINGS. Protect yourself by keeping your profiles private. Go to your setting and review each option and try to maintain the highest of privacy settings.
3. CHANGE PASSWORDS. It is smart to change all your passwords several times in a year.
4. DO NOT ACCEPT FRIEND REQUESTS FROM ANYBODY YOU DON'T KNOW. Cyber stalkers can easily create fake profiles and use fake pictures.
5. REVIEW YOUR FRIENDS LIST PERIODICALLY. Double checking what your friends are writing on their walls is a safe way to check if they are a real friend or a online predator.
6.LIMIT OVER-SHARING. Be careful with the information you post. People can use locations, tagged friends and places to monitor you for future attacks.
7.FILE CHARGES. Getting a restraining order is a great place to start.
8.TALK TO A LAWYER. Electronic harassment requires professional help to prosecute.
Victims are protected by both state and federal laws. Check what your states allows. Cyber stalking is a criminal offense that comes under state anti-stalking laws, slander laws, and harassment laws. A cyber stalking conviction can result in a restraining order, probation, or even criminal penalties against the assailant, including jail. If you or someone you know is a victim of cyber stalking, contact the National Center for Victims of Crime or call their hotline at 1.800.FYI.CALL.