Below are some useful tips for avoiding being targeted:
1 When engaging in online dating sites, do not divulge your last name or phone number until after you have met in person.
2 If your partner is a recovering sex/love addict or codependent, have an open conversation about the boundaries you are putting in place and choose to not share your password.
3 Set a reminder every 30 – 45 days to change your password for every online site, including your voicemail, email, Facebook, and all other password-protected online sites.
4 If an online site offers to generate a password for you – accept it, we are much more likely to create traceable passwords than an algorithm.
5 Only accept friend requests from people whom you have met in person.
6 Don’t respond to a private message on any social media platform if you do not know the sender.
7 Set your security settings on Facebook, to limit the ability of people other than friends to post on your wall.
8 You can easily block anyone who exhibits suspicious behavior on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
9 Don’t share specific details about your whereabouts or unnecessary identifiable information about yourself on any social media platforms.
10 If anyone takes a photo or video of you to upload to the Internet, you are well within your rights to tell them to stop.