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Women’s Day 2019

Women Unite Against Cyber Harassment

How To Stay Empowered Online This Women's Day


Why Women Need to Take Social Privacy More Seriously

The growing reach of the Internet and the rapid spread of information through mobile devices has presented new opportunities that could put some women at risk, so it’s important to be mindful of the dangers.

CRIME

Cyberstalking

The act of harassing, threatening and intimidating someone online. It is very common on the web and 2.5 million cases are reported each year in the US alone. Almost 60% of cyberstalking victims are women.


Risk Factor

You could be at the risk of being robbed, physically or sexually assaulted.

How To Prevent It
  • 1. Never share personal details online
  • 2. Keep social profile settings to private
  • 3. Use a VPN to hide your IP
CRIME

Online
Impersonation

When a person uses the name or persona of someone without their consent with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten. 2.7 million identity theft and fraud reports were received in 2017.


Risk Factor

By using your real name and photos, an imposter is able to friend people in your real life social network, and then post harmful and untruthful content about you.

How To Prevent It
  • 1. Maintain adequate identity theft protection on devices
  • 2. Contact a lawyer to build a case
CRIME

Catfishing

It’s where the user poses as someone else, using social media sites. They tend to use fake names, photos, and locations. They will often approach the victim as a love interest or a mutual friend. 53% of people add some element of lie for dating.


Risk Factor

Person rushes to move in a relationship in order to achieve their goal.

How To Prevent It
  • 1. Take a look at the friend’s list. Catfishers rarely have more than 100 friends.
  • 2. Save the profile picture and run a reverse image search on Google.
  • 3. Suggest to make a video call and see how the person reacts
CRIME

Doxing

Typically occurs when someone collects another’s private personal information, such as a home address, contact information or social security number, and subsequently broadcasts or “outs” that information to the public without permission. 16.3% of women are victim of doxing.


Risk Factor

It’s difficult to take down your information – and is therefore available for anyone with malicious or reckless motives to see, find, and use against you.

How To Prevent It
  • 1. Make social accounts private
  • 2. Get a VPN to protect your location
CRIME

Swatting

Swatting is the harassment tactic of deceiving an emergency service (via such means as hoaxing an emergency services dispatcher) into sending a police and emergency service response team to another person's address. There are more than 400 swatting attacks each year.


Risk Factor

It causes money and tax dollars to be wasted by the city or county when responding to a false report of a serious law enforcement emergency.

How To Prevent It
  • 1. Purchase a VPN to shield your IP address
  • 2. Take legal action
CRIME

Trolling

The act of someone making unsolicited comments in an online community that is random or controversial, in order to provoke emotion. One in ten women gets trolled online.


Risk Factor

A person might take offense or get hurt to a point where he would start disassociating him or herself with that community.

How To Prevent It
  • 1. Don't respond and provoke and block the person
  • 2. Report them to the social media platform
CRIME

Revenge Porn

Revenge porn or revenge pornography is the distribution of sexually explicit images or video of individuals without their permission. 90% of revenge porn victims in CCRI’s sample were women.


Risk Factor

A violation of trust such as this can leave a scar that then has the potential to negatively impact the victim psychologically and jeopardize future relationships.

How To Prevent It
  • 1. Contact the platforms administrator to get it removed
  • 2. Take legal action
CRIME

Cyber
verbal abuse

Where a female member of the SNW may be attacked by a group of perpetrators both in the community wall and also in her own message board.


Risk Factor

The victim may suffer from emotional suffering, depression, and anxiety.

How To Prevent It
  • 1. Don't respond and provoke and block the person
  • 2. Report them to the social media platform
CRIME

Cyber defamation

Emotional breakups may lead the male member to spread lies about the female member to other members through his own posts, community walls etc.


Risk Factor

The victim may suffer from anxiety and get suicidal.

How To Prevent It
  • 1. Don't respond and provoke and block the person
  • 2. Report them to the social media platform

How a VPN can help


Protects against GPS tracking

VPN hides your physical location. Your actual IP address is masked and cannot be tracked


Protects against computer/phone hacking

VPN encrypts all of your data transmissions making it harder to hack into your computer or your phone


Makes it harder to plant malware

Remotely planting malware on your devices becomes difficult as locating your real IP address is next to impossible


Encrypts sensitive data like usernames and passwords

Even if someone planted malware on your devices, VPN encrypts all of your data, meaning that any data that was exposed via malware would still be unreadable

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