Digital Stalking: A Guide to Technology Risks for Victims

Women’s Aid has teamed up with national stalking charity Network for Surviving Stalking to launch a practical guide for victims of stalking.

‘Digital stalking: a guide to technology risks for victims’ is an important resource for all stalking victims, including the many survivors of domestic violence who are being stalked by an ex-partner.

It explains the wide range of technological risks for those being stalked, including use of Spyware on personal computers, tracking devices on mobile phones and tracking of information through social networking sites.

The Guide is available from the Women’s Aid website: www.womensaid.org.uk

Avoid being harassed on the Internet

  • Always remember you are never totally anonymous on the Internet, use your stranger danger instincts

  • Use an on screen nickname that doesn’t make it easy to guess your real identity, or even your gender

  • Never give out your password, even to someone who claims to be from your Internet company

  • Do not give out personal information, such as a photograph of yourself or details of telephone numbers and credit cards, to people you talk to in chat rooms or newsgroups

  • Be careful if you answer junk mail

  • Log off (leave the “room”), if you are uncomfortable with what is being said in chat channels

  • It is safer not to meet people you have chatted to on-line. If you do decide to meet them, take a friend and meet in a public place where you feel safe

If you are harassed on the Internet

If you receive offensive, or threatening emails or messages on screen:

  • Do not delete the messages, save them onto a disk or print them out

  • Keep all paper and hard copies, together with any other evidence and call the police

  • You can contact your Internet Service Provider who may be able to block incoming e-mails from specified addresses

  • Consider changing your e-mail address