How cyberstalkers hide their identity

A cyberstalker may or may not be someone that you or your children know in real life. Often, it can be incredibly difficult to figure this out, as these criminals are adept at hiding their identities. The often have a specific grudge against your child or your family, and are extremely determined. For this reason, if you suspect that you or a family member are the victim of cyberstalking, you should contact your local authorities immediately.

As you and the police begin to gather information about your stalker, however, you may find that it is harder than you’d think to figure out who they actually are. Cyberstalkers and other cybercriminals are accomplished at hiding their identities, and they have a variety of ways to do so.

Cyberstalkers may use a variety of Internet Service Providers to hide their actual IP address. They may change screen names frequently, or use disposable email accounts. With the advent of web mail, anyone can get an email account, and these free accounts are incredibly easy to set up. This means that a stalker can change his or her email address on a whim, even targeting you or your child from multiple email addresses.

More advanced cyberstalkers may use email remailers, making it nearly impossible to track their actual email address. They may cloak links to websites that they send, so that you cannot see where you would be going if you click the link. Unfortunately, these predators often have large amounts of technology and software at their disposal, making them difficult to track or identify.

Anonymity is one of the most threatening tools a stalker has. If your child doesn’t know who is targeting them, they constantly live in fear. Their stalker could be a neighbor, school mate, or someone halfway around the world. The trigger could have been an in-person argument, or simply a comment that they posted on a blog. Stalkers play on the fear of the unknown and strive to keep their identity a mystery.

If you feel that you or your child is being targeted, keep careful records of emails sent, web pages posted, and instant message logs. Print this information out, so that you have a paper record of the information posted online. Consult the authorities to see what types of cyber harassment legislation your state, city, or province has. Law enforcement officials have technology and software that you may not have access to, and may be able to help you track down a stalker when you thought it was impossible.

Have a great day!

Lawrence