Cyberstalking and Online Harassment
Headlines about cyberstalking and its victims and perpetrators are abundant. Cyberstalking is rapidly becoming a problem as more and more people use the Internet for work or personal pursuits, and especially as they join social networking websites like Facebook, MySpace or Twitter.
Cyberstalking, according to The National Center for Victims of Crime, is “threatening behavior or unwanted advances directed at another using the Internet and other forms of online and computer communications.” This includes harassment through forums, blogs, chat rooms and e-mail, as well as social networking websites. The organization, WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse), reports a steady increase in the number of cyberstalking cases they have been involved in, citing the growth of Internet usage as the main force behind the jump in numbers.
One of the most important things a person can do is protect themselves online, where the world can have access to personal information including your home address, place of work or bank or financial information. Be smart and protect yourself and if you feel you are being stalked online, report it to the proper business and legal authorities.
Cyberstalking is a crime and it can take a computer forensics specialist to locate and help prosecute the perpetrator. Always be sure that you keep your personal information as secure as possible and report any abuses against you to the website on which they occur.