“Every Post You Make, Every Status Update, I Will Be Watching You”

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“Every Post You Make, Every Status Update, I Will Be Watching You”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

Do you ever feel like someone is watching you? Even when you are just sitting behind your computer? Feeling like someone is taking account of every keystroke that you make and every website you visit? This is the type of feeling that sends shivers down your spine. You don’t know who, or what, is giving you that feeling. This is a feeling that cannot be remedied. Whenever you go online, whenever you sit behind your computer you feel like there are eyes on you.

Cyber stalking is when you are being constantly frightened and/or harassed by someone through electronic means, such as the internet. Some of the forms that Cyber stalking take on, including:

  • Harassing a victim.
  • Embarrassing and/or humiliation of a victim.
  • Gaining financial control over a victim. Usually, by destroying their credit or by draining their bank accounts.
  • Harassing friends and family members of the victim.
  • Frightening a victim, using scare tactics and threats.

 

Within the United States of America, there are 14 out of 50 states that have laws against cyber stalking and cyber harassment. Under the “American Anti-Stalking, Slander & Harassment Law”, Cyber stalking is considered a criminal offense. The results of being convicted include:

  • A restraining order
  • Probation
  • Criminal Penalties (including prison time)

 

If convicted, the sentences range from a fourth-degree charge to a second-degree charge. A fourth-degree charge means 18 months in prison with a fine of $10,000. A second-degree charge means 10 years in prison with a $150,000 fine.

 

So, how do you protect yourself, your family, and/or your PC from Cyber stalkers?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Maintain caution over the physical access to your computer, and any other web-enabled device, including your cellphone.
  2. Make sure you ALWAYS log out of computer programs when you leave the computer. Also, remember to lock your computer when stepping away.
  3. When it comes to online calendars or itineraries, delete them or make them private.
  4. Use privacy settings on any, and all online accounts.
  5. Use trusted and updated security software to stop spyware from getting onto your computer through an infected web page or phishing attack.
  6. If you do suspect that someone is using spyware to track your day-to-day activities, seek help.

 

If you have any questions about Cyber stalking, Spyware, Computer Forensics or Cyber Security contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954) 727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.


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“Cyberstalking”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

Technology is becoming more and more a way of life, in everyone’s lives. People are becoming more dependent on their electronic devices. You see it everywhere you go. With this comes new and more advanced dangers.blast-graphic-cyberstalking-graphic-jpg

 

Cyberstalking can be defined as the use of the internet or other electric means to stalk or harass an organization, person, or group.

 

Cyberstalking may include things like: False Accusations, Defamation, Slander, Libel, Monitoring, Identity Theft, Threats, Vandalism, Solicitation for Sex, and Gathering info that may be used against the victim. The Cyber stalker may use this information to harass, embarrass and/or threaten the victim.

 

Cyberstalking is considered an attack that is technology-based. A Cyberstalker depends on the anonymity that has been given through the use of the internet. This allows them to stalk their victims without being noticed. This technology based attack can take on many forms, such as:

  1. Emptying bank accounts and ruining the victim’s credit score.
  2. Harassing, Humiliating, and Embarrassing the victim.
  3. Harassing Family, Friends, and Employers of the victim, isolating them from these people.
  4. Scare tactics (and much more).

 

Some of the key factors when it comes to Cyberstalking include:

  • False Accusations: Cyberstalkers attempt to destroy their victim’s reputation, as well as trying to turn people against them (Including friends and family). This is achieved by posting false information online. (They may go as far as setting up their own blogs, websites, and/or user pages just for this purpose.)
  •  Information Gathering Attempts: Cyberstalkers may attempt to approach friends, family, and work colleagues of their victims to get information. (They may even search for information on the internet. They may go as far as hiring a private detective.)
  •  Monitoring Their Target’s Online Activity: While watching their victims online activity, Cyberstalkers attempt to trace their victims IP address (in effort to gather EVEN MORE information about their victim).
  •  The Posting of Defamatory or Derogatory Statements.

 

So, what can you do to prevent falling victim to Cyberstalking…? Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from a Cyberstalker.

  • Make sure you are careful with what personal information you post and share online (This does include: In emails, on social media sites (like facebook and twitter) and chat rooms).
  • Consider creating a different email address for when you register social media sites, as well as other sites.
  • On your online profile, use a picture that does not identify you or your location.
  • Consider using an alias (A name that is not your real name or nickname)
  • If you are breaking up with an intimate partner, make sure you reset your passwords on all accounts. (Accounts ranging from: email and social networking sites to bank accounts)

 

Every Cyberstalking case is different. FDS Global can try to work with you and help identify who is behind the attack(s). If you have any questions about what Cyberstalking is, or if you have fallen victim to a Cyberstalker visit our website at www.FDS.Global or give our office a call at (954) 727-1957.