Tips to Protect Yourself from Cyberstalking

We’ve had some curious situations happen over the years, but when a password we shared in a private message on facebook was suddenly used by four different people to access our private family photos, we began to seriously consider what we should do to protect ourselves from what is obviously cyberstalking.

One tip: conduct an internet search using your name and phone number. We’d also suggest you do a search of any user names you might also have. That’s how we became aware of “someone” in Bedford using the name “i********.”

Another tip: utilize stat counters or other free registry counters that will record all incoming traffic to your blogs and web sites. That’s how we learned the IP addresses of the four individuals who were viewing our private photos. Those stat counters were initially put in place back in 2007, when our alienating parent was leaving what she thought were anonymous comments on my photos, and manipulating the standing of my photos in the “most popular” section of the website on her lunch hour.

And most importantly, record incidents — time, place, event. As you can obviously see from this blog, we learned this very early on. When we had to contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office about comments and personal information which were being placed on the internet, complete with our names and other pertinent information, that was one of the first things they suggested we do: keep track of what our alienating parent was saying and doing on the internet and ultimately we might be able to amass enough documentation to press charges. It’s not how I would choose to spend my free time, but if it will eventually keep our alienating parent from posting personal, private information on the internet, I suppose I have no choice.

And who knows …. we might see a complaint from someone because we’ve posted their IP address on the internet? Even though that IP address was used to access private photos from a stolen password? You never know …. this is the same person who produced a “bill” in the name of her ex-husband for her medical expenses, as proof of her expenditures, resulting in Blue Cross charging her with fraud! lol!

As a side note, when the Ohio Attorney General contacted our alienating parent, one of my husband’s daughters answered the phone. She immediately berated him for the phone call …. instead of, perhaps, the person who was responsible for it? The person who was posting inappropriate information on the internet?

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