Cyberstalking is an extension of the physical form of stalking.

It can be defined as “threatening or unwanted advances directed at another using the Internet or other forms of online and computer communications.”  (National Center for Victims of Crime, 2003)

Cyberstalking can take many forms including:

  • threatening or obscene e-mail
  • spamming
  • live chat harassment or flaming (the posting of deliberately hostile messages)
  • leaving improper messages on message boards
  • sending electronic viruses
  • tracing another person’s computer and Internet activity
  • electronic identity theft

Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Cyberstalking

  • Use a gender neutral e-mail address
  • Remove any information of a personal nature from your on-line profiles in chat rooms, etc.
  • Do not include personal information in your e-mail signature.
  • Think before posting to a blog, newsgroup or threaded discussion. 
  • Avoid posting information and photos that will allow someone to identify you, such as:
  • Your last name
  • Where you live
  • Where you go to school
  • Where you hang out
  • Use privacy features that let you only allow people you trust to visit your profile or blog.
  • Avoid in-person meetings with people you meet on-line. 
  • If you do meet a person, arrange to meet in a public place and bring some friends along.
  • Check comments posted on your blog, Face Book page, and other social networking sites you use frequently. 
  • Do not respond to mean or embarrassing comments. 
  • Delete the offensive comments, and if possible, block those people from commenting further.