Cyber-stalking in simple words means online stalking. Over the past few years, cyber-stalking has increased not only in India, but in other parts of the world as well. This is one of the reasons why we need to be more alert about what information we put out on public platforms. So, here are 8 simple steps that you should keep in mind if you don't want to become a victim of cyber-stalking.
1. Share as little as possible about yourself on public platforms.
Minimize the amount of information you share about yourself on all public platforms. Review your online identity constantly and make sure you share as little as you can on all public platforms.
2. Frequently change your e-mail addresses and passwords.
It is advised to keep changing your e-mail address and password from time-to-time in order to stay safe and avoid any kind of hacking.
3. Don't use public WiFi networks.
Avoid using public WiFi networks as much as you can, especially over unprotected websites. It is okay to use a public WiFi connection but make sure you know how to protect your privacy on public WiFi networks.
4. Stay sharp and alert.
Don't share any information about yourself with a complete stranger. Stay sharp and alert about what you share and with whom you share it with.
5. Change your privacy settings on all online accounts.
Most of your personal information like name, date of birth and where you live is displayed on social networks for everyone to see. So, change your privacy settings on all your online accounts if you don't want to share any information about yourself outside your trusted circle.
6. Always use a security software program to prevent spyware from being installed on your laptop/computer.
Norton Security, Bitdefender and Avast are some of the security software programs that you can install in your computer/laptop to detect a virus, prevent a phishing attack or an infected Web page. These security softwares will help in detecting spyware and decrease your chances of being stalked.
7. Turn off the metadata in photos.
In case you didn't know, metadata comes from photos that we click on our mobile phones. The metadata reveals a lot of information about the photo you post online like when and where it was taken and other private information. So, avoid this problem by turning off the geo-tagging feature in your phone's settings.
8. Always log out from all online accounts.
Remember to always log out of all computer programs and use a screensaver with password to be safe. Do the same when you log into your online accounts through your cell phone.
Be safe and stay alert.