When it comes to online harassment of women, social media tops the chart. Be it Asia, Europe or anywhere else, the effect of lopsided patriarchal society and mindsets is making the world more uneven than before. While talking about cyber crimes, women suffer the most. Women are stalked and thrashed on social media for reasons best known to trollers themselves quite frequently.
Posting one’s views or expressing one’s opinion on social media is one’s fundamental rights but the way women face backlash for doing so is something that we should collectively ponder over. We have to remove this “online harassment” menace from our civilised world.
#5) Never Reveal Your Real Home Address
Well, posting your home address on social media is something that should be seriously avoided at all costs. However, you can always reveal your Post Box number or office address online for communication purposes wherever necessary.
#4) Treat All Incoming Calls with Caution
Obviously, not all incoming calls are necessary. You must figure out the relevance of the call first without receiving it. Especially, you should exert more caution if you receive a call in your personal mobile number from an unknown location and caller id.
#3) Never Disclose Confidential Details
Be it your bank account number, credit or debit card, or even Social Security Number – don’t disclose these details to anyone over social media. Online harasser or Cyber criminals may harass and harm you severely by physically, monetarily and mentally once they get these details.
#2) Protect Your Systems and Devices
Periodically, we should gauge the anti-virus effectiveness of our devices. Especially, for business women, virus in the personal and office system is a strict no-no as it may lead a hacker to infect your system and get back all crucial and sensitive data stored in the system. Always use quality and full proof anti-virus software round the clock in your devices.
#1) All Followers are Not Well-Wishers
Many social media users forget that not all followers are their well-wishers. Some of them could be criminals too – stalking you with a criminal intent. Trollers on social media sites like twitter and facebook have peculiar mentality; they stalk you to post threatening like rape/murder/Threat online to intimidate you for a reason or not.
Even though many of them get caught by the law enforcement agencies, a lot of them run away using fake IP addresses. So, self-care is the best remedy in such a situation. Without waiting for the cops to react – use your social media safely. Keeping your social media accounts in a private mode is a good option to know who you approve as your followers on receiving their requests.
Women Shouldn’t Fear Online Bullying
Never let online trollers dictate terms. You don’t need to fear and shutting out all your social media accounts. By doing so, they will become stronger in their nefarious intent and then go to harass another woman.
So, you have to use your social media accounts in a cautioned way without restricting your normal followers either. If you notice any suspicious activity or absurd comment hurled at you with a negative motive, then you should immediately block that person. Repeat it wherever necessary. It is the first line of defense against Cyber-bullying that women frequently face online these days.
Last but not the least; never let online harassment shatter your confidence. Never hesitate to take the help from Police if you feel unsafe or find that a situation is getting out of hand. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
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