Cyberstalking: Harassment in the Internet Age and How to Protect Your Family

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Cyberstalking is an entirely new form of deviant behavior that uses technology to harass others in a variety of ways. In less than a decade, our reliance on the Internet, email, instant messaging, chat rooms, and other communications technologies has made cyberstalking a growing social problem that can affect computer users anywhere in the world. This is the first book devoted entirely to an examination of cyberstalking, providing an overview of the problem, its causes and consequences, and practical advice for ...

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Overview

Cyberstalking is an entirely new form of deviant behavior that uses technology to harass others in a variety of ways. In less than a decade, our reliance on the Internet, email, instant messaging, chat rooms, and other communications technologies has made cyberstalking a growing social problem that can affect computer users anywhere in the world. This is the first book devoted entirely to an examination of cyberstalking, providing an overview of the problem, its causes and consequences, and practical advice for protecting yourself and your loved ones.

New technologies have enriched our lives in countless ways. Yet these technologies can easily be misused to frighten, intimidate, coerce, harass, and victimize unsuspecting users. Cyberstalking is an entirely new form of deviant behavior that uses technology to harass others in a variety of ways. In less than a decade, our reliance on the Internet, email, instant messaging, chat rooms, and other communications technologies has made cyberstalking a growing social problem that can affect computer users anywhere in the world. This is the first book devoted entirely to an examination of cyberstalking, providing an overview of the problem, its causes and consequences, and practical advice for protecting yourself and your loved ones.

Although cyberstalking usually involves one person pursuing another, this is not always the case. As the behavior has evolved, it has come to include such acts as stock market fraud, identity theft, sexual harassment, data theft, impersonation, consumer fraud, computer monitoring, and attacks by political groups on government services. More disturbingly, pornographers and pedophiles have begun to use cyberstalking as a way of locating new victims. While cyberstalking has become a worldwide problem, most cases originate in the United States, making Americans the most vulnerable group of targets. Bocij carefully delineates the boundaries of cyberstalking, providing real-life examples, guidance for avoiding the pitfalls, and suggestions for what to do if you fall victim.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275981181
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL BOCIJ is a former university lecturer who now works as a professional writer and consultant. He has written or contributed to more than 20 books and has authored numerous articles, magazine columns, training guides, and other materials related to information systems and information technology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 What is cyberstalking? 1
2 Stalking or cyberstalking? 19
3 The incidence and prevalance of cyberstalking 33
4 Who are the cyberstalkers? 49
5 Who are the victims of cyberstalkers? 71
6 What motivates cyberstalkers? 89
7 Threats to young people 107
8 Cyberstalking and organizations 137
9 Cyberstalking and the law 163
10 Dealing with cyberstalking 177
Further readings 205
Notes 217
Glossary 229
Bibliography 243
Index 263
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