Protect yourself: Fighting back against cyberstalkers

Posted at 11:02 AM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 16:18:29-05

With cyberstalking on the rise, it's becoming more and more crucial to protect yourself online.

In wake of the hit series, "You," cyber security experts emphasize the importance of securing your private information in the digital age.

The binge-worthy drama focuses on book store manager Joe Goldberg and his romantic relationship, turned obsession, after he stalks a woman on the internet. The fan favorite first aired on Lifetime before hitting Netflix with the streaming service set to release its upcoming second season.

Author Brian Jory encourages viewers to "think of this story as an objective lesson, a cautionary tale, and sigh of relief that you’re learning from the mistakes and misfortunes of others and not your own."

Guy Franklin, General Manager of SOSA NYC, told PIX11 News that every social media post is a lens to your personal life. He said that everyone should add extra layers of protection, especially considering how many of these apps "control almost every piece of your life."

According to Franklin, research shows that 6.6. million Americans are victims of cyber crimes each year with most crimes being committed by a past partner of the victim.

Tips for protecting yourself against cyber security:

  1. Disable your location on your phone
  2. Regularly change your password 
  3. iPhone users should limit the Airdrop feature to your contacts

You can also click here for more information on the NYC Secure app, a free app that aims to protect your phone and privacy.