Is There a Way to Keep Stalkers from Finding me Online?
There are people out on social media retaliating against others and stalking them just because they don’t like the same political candidate or they have a difference of opinion. But make no mistake, no matter how mild or intense the stalking is, stalkers are mentally ill. These are people who become obsessed with another person, which could be a celebrity or just a regular human. They can’t speak to him or her directly, so to have the feeling of being in close to them they follow them around sneakily either online or in person. Sometimes they imagine that there’s an intimate relationship where none exists. Other times people with mental issues feel it is their right to get back at or get revenge against anyone who has slighted them or made them upset or angry for whatever reason. The internet and the feeling of false closeness may make them feel they are great friends with that person, when in reality they just aren’t.
Problems are caused when a stalker can’t let go of the past or even the present and need to create issues for another person or people. They do that by following a person around, keeping tabs on them, and making trouble for them. It’s rare that people like this stalk only one person. There is usually a history of this kind of behavior. They may even try to get others to participate with them in their stalking activities.
Keep in mind, that this isn’t a discussion about harmless searches for x-boyfriends or girlfriends, wives or husbands or friends, or even celebrities, to see if they’re dating someone new, or have gotten married. This also isn’t taking a look at a friend’s or family member’s social media page after you had an argument or you haven’t talked in a while. We’re talking about stalking to the point of obsession and intentionally causing damage or causing problems for people. The messed up part it that because social media gives people with mental problems access to more information than ever before, and they can cowardly and easily hide behind fake identities or even bribe or pay people to help them stalk someone, this behavior has gotten very prevalent.
If you already have social media accounts, short of closing all of them, or telling all of your contacts that you have a stalker, and to please be aware, there isn’t much you can do other than make sure each and every one of your followers/contacts/friends are actually people you know. The problem with that is you will never grow your network and your business (if you have one) if you don’t reach out to people out beyond your tight knit circle of friends If you have a side hustle on Instagram or another site, you will not make much money if you only link with and share your products/services with people you know, unless you’re one of the very rare people who actually really knows thousands of people really well. To grow your network, expand your personal brand or to sell a product or service, you have to reach out, which can be hard enough, but when you have a stalker it’s even more uncomfortable. But this doesn’t mean you have to make it easy for a stalker or potential stalker to get access to private information like your home address, your phone number, your friends, family or other sensitive data.
If your stalker is dangerous, and violent, you should contact the police and file a complaint and restraining order immediately, don’t hesitate to do this. If your stalker is the kind who hides behind others and is sneaky, (usually the case), then contacting a personal data removal company should be your first line of defense against him or her. A company like Wiperts can help you remove your personal information online. This way you can still have a social media presence to sell your product or service or just interact with like minded others online, but still comfortable knowing it’s difficult to get your address and other information easily online. Wiperts are experts on data removal. They can help.