Stalking

Stalking is a pattern of unwanted and repeated behaviour that makes you feel distressed or scared. It’s a really serious crime and causes victims significant distress and it’s important that victims of stalking are able to access support when they need it. The fear that stalking can cause is very real and some stalkers go to great lengths to harass and monitor their victims. We can support anyone who has been a victim of stalking.

If you have been affected by stalking or harassment, we can support you regardless of whether or not you have reported it to the police.

Useful organisations

Paladin is the National Stalking Advocacy Service. Click here to view their advice for victims.

The Cyber Helpline.

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has useful resources on stalking.

The Alice Ruggles Trust

Technology and cyber-enabled stalking

Technology has made stalking very easy. Stalkerware can be downloaded on to the victim’s devices and this allows the stalker to monitor them. Hidden cameras can be in anything – things like photo frames that have then been given as gifts from the stalker to the victim. Even water bottles that contain hidden cameras are available and these can be left anywhere and look inconspicuous. Technology has also allowed stalkers to use listening devices, monitor people’s locations through GPS trackers, hack smart devices such as smart door bells, smart speakers and webcams.

Click here to view a short video about stalkerware.

How devices can be hacked

There are several ways devices can be hacked:

  • If you've logged into an account on a device they own and forgotten to log out
  • If you've logged into an account on a device they own and you've since changed your password but you haven't told the application to log out all devices currently logged in
  • If you've told them your password / your password is easy to guess / your password is the same for lots of other things and they've found it out / your password is written down somewhere
  • If they've put some spy software on your device which records everything you type and this is used to capture passwords.
  • In very rare cases professional hackers, security people (MI5, MI6, GCHQ, or advanced coders) can hack into your devices or the servers hosting these applications

What to do if you think you have been hacked

  • Contact the police
  • Make sure the apps you use and your device’s operating systems is up to date by always updating software when prompted
  • Protect your device with a passcode that only you know nsure your device auto locks and always lock it if you leave it
  • Ensure you have to input your password in order to download apps. Always require a passcode to download apps

If someone has been able to access your device:

Remember:

Cyber stalking is just as serious as physical stalking. If you need support, contact us today.

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