Stalkers Increasingly Use New Technology

June 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment

Technology is always on the move, and in most ways it improves our lives, making it easier to communicate with each other and get information about the world around us. GPS devices guide us through unfamiliar territory and get us to our destination safely; cell phone cameras let us take pictures of memorable moments easily and send them to friends; and the internet allows us to pay bills easily and stay in touch with friends who live halfway around the world.

But the technologies that make our lives easier and more convenient are also being used by others who don’t have the same good intentions that we do. In a report published by the Buffalo News today, stalkers are increasingly using more discrete technology to prey on their victims. Small GPS trackers can easily be placed under the dashboard of a car without being noticed by the driver. And small surveillance equipment, normally used by law enforcement, is becoming smaller and cheaper to afford for the general public. And installing spyware on a computer is as easy as downloading a virus.

It is scary to think that we have little to no control over the actions of others when they want to spy on us, but we can be as vigilant as we can and take some precautions. Easy things you can do are limiting the amount of information you post about yourself on a Facebook or MySpace profile, and regularly downloading anti-spyware and anti-virus updates to your computer. And if you suspect someone of stalking you make sure you tell your friends, family, and the police as soon as possible. But overall, just be vigilant about who you give and share information with over the internet and in other daily, face-to-face interactions.


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