- If you are being stalked
- Send a message to the offender. Make the message a clear warning that contact is unwanted and that person must cease all communication.
- Document! Save all messages and recorded voicemails and establish a paper trail.
- Keep all copies out of the house. Stalkers are known to break in and steal things.
- File a complaint with the offender’s ISP provider and filter messages.
- File a harassment report at the police department.
- Tips to prevent cyberstalking
- Only visit safe sites that adopt an anti-harassment policy.
- Never give out personal information to strangers online.
- When online, only type things you would actually say to someone face to face.
- To maintain your privacy, make sure that your usernames are neutral; never use your real name, nickname, or any type of suggestive name.
- Be very cautious about meeting an online acquaintance in person. If you choose to, always take someone with you and meet the online acquaintance in a public place.
- Limit your personal email address to friends and family and use another email address when visiting online sites.
- Change your email password frequently and use illogical patterns for your password.
- Ensure that social media profiles and other online biographies do not include your home address.
- Never leave your computer logged on while unattended.
- If you own your own domain name, create multiple mailboxes and use the main one only with friends and family.
- Do not feel guilty over “not being nice” online.
- Occasionally search for your name online to see if any suspicious results appear.
For more information about protecting your identity, please contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department’s Fraud Detail unit.
Billions of users worldwide are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Social media and other similar smartphone apps allow users to connect with others to share information like photos, videos, and personal messages. As the popularity of these social networking websites grow, so do the risks of using them: Hackers, spammers, virus writers, identity thieves, and other criminals attempt to "phish" or attempt to acquire your personal information, such as passwords, credit card details, your home address, and more.
- If you suspect that a personal/direct message from a friend/follower is fraudulent, use an alternative method to contact them to confirm that the message wasn't sent by a hacker.
- Do not allow social networking services to scan your email address book. When you join a new social network, you might receive an offer to enter your email address and password to find out if your contacts are on that social network. If your social media account is hacked, your email contacts are then more at risk to receive spam messages from your registered email address.
- One way that criminals attempt to phish for information is through unsecure links on third party websites. Type the address of your social networking site directly into your browser or use your personal bookmarks. If you click a link to a social networking website through an email or another website, you might be entering your account name and password into a fake site where your personal information could be stolen.
- Be selective about who you accept as a friend on a social network. Identity thieves might create fake profiles in order to get information from you.
- Many social networking websites allow you to download third-party applications that let you enhance your personal profile. Criminals sometimes use these applications to steal your personal information.
- If you use a smartphone app that utilizes GPS to track your runs or check-ins to various places, be selective about who you add as a friend and if your information is public or private. Criminals can use this information to learn your running patterns, the businesses you frequent, your home address, and more.