‘Cyber crime’ is causing concerns across the globe and cyber-stalking is one of the facets of cyber crime which has been affecting women to a large extent. It’s not that women are unfamiliar with stalking; many of them have been victim of cyber stalking since some time now. In fact! Cyber-stalking is just an extension of real-life stalking. Cyber stalking is initiated by the very same motives as real-life stalking; but it differs in its approach and the extent of damage it can unleash.
By definition, cyber-stalking is the harassment meted out to someone through electronic communication. This is a heinous crime in the cyber world, which invades the privacy of the person concerned, where each and every move of the person is watched by the stalker. Stalkers use e-mail messages, instant messaging (IM), messages posted on discussion groups or websites to victimise their targets. Stalkers design their messages in such a fashion as to cause immense harm to the modesty of the person on the other side. Stalkers can harm its victims in two different ways:
They either send obscene and vulgar messages to the person they’re stalking or they try to bring disgrace to the name of the person by posting such messages to different set of people presented in the contact list of hacked person account.
Stalkers have varied motives behind these hostile acts. It could be their humane mindsets that derive happiness by harassing their victims sexually or otherwise; it could be because of their obsessive love for a particular targeted women; another reason could be that the stalker might have hated particular women and wanted to take revenge of her or simply because the stalker isn’t mentally stable. The greatest protective gear that these stalkers have is the ‘gift of anonymity’ that the internet affords them.
The gravity of the situation is such that women must work out ways and means to protect themselves from cyber-stalking. The first step towards this lies in understanding the nuances of the cyber world. Here are some important hints which could prove to be very helpful in dealing with cyber-stalking:
Using the primary e-mail account to communicate with only those whom they personally know and trust
Setting up anonymous accounts for participating in group discussions and other online transactions, which shields them from such attacks
Not revealing any personal details while creating an online profile and choosing an online name which is gender-neutral and doesn’t give any hint about their real self
Carefully selecting options at the time of creating an email account, to avoid unnecessary messages from stalkers
Being very cautious while meeting an online acquaintance in person
Reporting such cases to the Internet service provider is one of the best options available to women
Changing the online name may bring in at least a temporary respite from stalkers
Reporting to police/law enforcement agencies
If women are wise enough to understand these etiquettes of how to deal online with strangers and known personalities, they’ll be gifting themselves a life free of this great menace called Cyber-stalking.
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