Are you aware of the people who look at your posts or stories? Did you know that anyone can see your social media just by searching your name if your accounts are not private? This world is full of absurd people, so be cautious.
Some cyberstalking includes sending threatening emails, creating false accounts, posting messages, and hacking into a victim’s accounts. It can be very tough to confirm a stalker’s identity.
Modern technology has made stalking easier so be aware of the people on your social media accounts. Be very aware of who you follow, and don’t accept new followers just to get more followers and likes.
How to Protect Yourself from a Social Media Stalker:
1. Avoid all interactions with someone who starts to harass you
2. Block the harasser
3. Keep all evidence
4. Report the problem
Social media has given stalkers more opportunities to harass their victims. If you have any type of social media, be careful with what you decide to post.
SAFETY IS ALWAYS FIRST!
Someone stalking your social media isn't the same as cyberstalking, the difference is that social media stalkers don't actually commit a crime whereas cyberstalkers do.
Catfishing is one of the methods used to cyberstalk. Usually “Catfishers” act as if they are someone else, and use fake photos, locations and names for financial gain or to cause reputational damage to the victim.
How to tell if you've been CATFISHED
1. Do a reverse google image search, if they are fake you will find many cites leading to the picture
2. Check how many profiles the user has
3. A real person will often have pictures of themselves or their family, so examine the pictures thoroughly.
4. If you suspect that you’re being catfished ask to Skype or video call. If they don't follow through, that should be a big red flag.
NEVER PROVIDE PERSONAL INFORMATION TO SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW OR TRUST