Online Privacy: 6 Signs You Have a Cyber Stalker
Online Privacy: 6 Signs You Have a Cyber Stalker. We all feel safe sitting at home behind our computer screens perusing the Internet and communicating with friends and family members through social media and email. But the Internet still has its fair share of creeps, and the Internet makes it easy for you to be cyber stalked.
We all have a tendency of filling out our online profiles or sharing personal information on social media sites without thinking of how it could harm us, but there are people out there who use this information to try and get closer to you.
Most cyber stalkers find their victims online, usually through social media sites or online forums. Some are just delusional and want to try and create a real relationship with their victims while others want to harass and cause harm. Cyber stalking needs to be taken seriously, and the following are six signs that you may be the victim of a cyber stalker.
1. You’re being followed online.
Cyber stalkers will try to reach out to their victims through all online channels. If you first come across your cyber stalker on an online forum, the stalker may try to friend request you on Facebook, follow you on Twitter, or even show up on online review or dating sites you’ve visited.
2. They only comment on your posts.
If you belong to an online forum, your cyber stalker will only comment on the items you post. They’ll comment on every Pinterest pin, every chat room message, every tweet—everything, but they’ll never say a word to another person.
3. They over contact you.
Cyber stalkers want to communicate with you on various channels. This means that they’ll send you numerous emails, Facebook messages, tweet, DMs and wall posts over and over and over again, even if you ask them to stop. Most of the time, these messages will be personal messages from your stalker, and they may often be delusional and talk about events that never happened.
4. They push for personal information.
Cyber stalkers want to take your relationship offline, so they will constantly push for you to give them your phone number or address so that you can talk outside of a social online platform. They also push to find out personal information about you, including where you work, where you went to school, where you grew up, what kind of car you drive or anything else that pertains to your personal life.
5. They “love” you.
Cyber stalkers have skewed perceptions of relationships, and they will often tell their victims that they love them or that they’re soulmates, even if you’ve never had a one-on-one conversation. If someone is using an online platform to confess their undying love for you, they’re stalking you.
6. They follow or friend your family members.
Cyber stalkers will also start to try and connect with your family members and close friends through social networks, even though they’ve never met. In their head, these people are their family members and friends too, and they try to get closer to them to feel acceptance and to learn more about you.
Cyber stalking is a very serious crime. If you believe that you are a victim of cyber stalking, it’s very important that you save the messages you’re receiving from your stalker and contact the police. They’ll be able to use these documented messages to press charges or to get a restraining order placed against your stalker. Even if you think it’s harmless, you need to report cyber stalking. You never know how much the stalker truly knows about you or what they are planning on doing, and your safety is very important.