Hi, I have been a target of a stalker for five years but I am not here to tell my story.
I am here to help other victims deal with all forms of online harassment. As a target I do understand the impact it can have on people’s lives but more importantly coming from a technical background I am also in a better position than most to provide practical advice and support.
I have 30 years experience in IT working as a computer operator, application programmer, help desk manager, project manager and consultant. I am also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. More recently I have been working in the areas of online marketing, search engine optimization and internet security.
For the past six months I have been putting together what I believe is one of the most comprehensive guides available dealing with online harassment.
Identity of person will be hidden because of personal reasons.
PRACTICAL ADVICE AND SUPPORT
There are lots of organizations out there that provide emotional support to victims and provide general advice but very few give any real practical advice on how to effectively deal with online harassment. If you want counseling and emotional support visit one of these excellent organizations but if you want to know how to take action to put an end to the harassment and get your life back then read on…
There is actually a lot that can be done by a victim to counter online harassment and some of it is not very obvious or easy to find out about.
WE COVER ALL OF THIS INCLUDING HOW TO
- AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF ONLINE HARASSMENT
- TRACK DOWN SOMEONE HARASSING YOU
- COLLECT EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM
- GET MALICIOUS MATERIAL REMOVED FROM THE WEB
- MAKE EFFECTIVE COMPLAINTS
- REPAIR YOUR ONLINE REPUTATION
- DEAL WITH MATERIAL THAT CAN’T BE REMOVED
- TAKE LEGAL ACTION IF REQUIRED
and much more…
COMPLAINTS BEING IGNORED?
Google, Facebook, Twitter and most other online service providers simply do not really care about this problem. The response of most of these larger companies is to provide users with the ability to block other users and tell you they cant do anything about it and to try to sort it out with the other party.
Regardless of what they might say their real policy is not to get involved and only do the absolute minimum required under the law. I have been dealing with these types of companies and know how frustrating it is and have through trial and error found the most effective ways to make complaints and force them to take action.
THERE IS NO SINGLE RESPONSE OR STRATEGY
We look at the primary motivations for harassment and consider the most appropriate response for each. This book will be equally relevant to:
A company executive that is being harassed by a competitor who is trying to destroy their online reputation.
A person being harassed by a possessive or vindictive ex spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.
A person that is the subject of a personal vendetta by another person that has moved their grudge online.
Someone that has become the focus of an online sociopath intent on wreaking as much havoc in their lives as they can.
A child or young adolescent that is being bullied online.
Someone that has expressed an opinion or belief that another has found objectionable and is being harassed because of it.
and dozens of other situations of online harassment…
GET MALICIOUS MATERIAL REMOVED
It is a sad fact that cyber stalkers all around the world can hide behind a US law created to protect the rights of American people to Freedom of Speech even when neither the cyber stalker nor the victim live in the US. This can make getting defamatory material removed from a US based service impossible without resorting to legal action. There are other ways to get material removed and I have dedicated five chapters of the guide to exploring each of these.
- Removal of Impersonation and fake accounts
- Removal for Copyright Infringement
- Removal of Defamatory material
- Removal for Violation of Terms of Service
- Making negative material virtually invisible
If you ignore them they will go away…
This is the conventional advice and it actually works a lot of the time but not in every situation and is not as simple as it sounds. Just putting your head in the sand like an ostrich hoping they will go away will only work a small amount of the time and usually only in the early stages. There are the reasons why a cyber stalker might decide to stop harassment and how a victim might be able to exert influence on these reasons.
Pursuing the harasser on their own terms is sometimes a necessary strategy to permanently get rid of that person by exposing them and destroying their credibility. The aggressive use of engagement strategies is one key area my guide departs from most others on. This should always be a last resort after everything else has been tried. They should be used to attack the credibility of the harasser and not for revenge but this is not so say they can’t be enjoyable giving them a taste of their own medicine.
Attack your harasser by…
- AGGRESSIVE EXPOSURE OF THEM
- USING THE POWER OF RIDICULE
- DIGGING UP SOME DIRT ON THEM
- PLAYING SOME DIRTY TRICKS
- WINNING SOCIAL WARS