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Learn about cyberstalking and how to protect yourself Jan. 10 and 22 at Mountainlair

Information Technology Services (ITS), the Equity Assurance (Title IX) Office and the WVU Peer Advocate program will be at the Mountainlair on Wednesday, Jan. 10 and Monday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide information about cyberstalking in support of National Stalking Awareness Month.

Cyberstalking is more than annoying, unsolicited e-mails; it is an extension of the physical form of stalking when a stalker uses the internet to harass or harm someone. 

ITS offers the following tips to help prevent cyberstalking:
  • Use unique passwords for every personal email account and enable strong authentication on all your personal accounts. NEVER use your WVU Login password for other email accounts. WVU employees can further secure their work accounts voluntarily by enrolling in two-factor authentication. Students can enroll, too, but should be sure instructors are aware that you may need to have your smart phone in class.
  • NEVER share your password, and change your passwords often. If you have shared your password with a current or soon-to-be-ex-partner, reset every password, including your WVU account.
  • Maintain vigilance over physical access to your computer and other internet-connected devices. Enable security protections, such as passwords or biometric scans, on your devices so that only you can access them.
  • Don't overshare on social media, especially your birthday, location, mobile phone number or email address. Regularly review the privacy settings on all your social media accounts to ensure your information is being protected.
  • Turn off GPS on your phone or tablet to prevent location tracking unless you are using the Mobile ID app with your Mountaineer Card or otherwise need to indicate attendance or participation at an event.
If you or someone close to you is experiencing cyberstalking or online harassment, block and report the individual or incident. Save all evidence of the incident such as texts, emails, tweets or voicemails. 

Contact the Equity Assurance (Title IX) Office at 304-293-5600 or the University Policy Department immediately at 304-293-3136. The Title IX reporting form can be found at titleix.wvu.edu and the Equity Assurance 24/7 anonymous hotline is 304-906-9930. 

For more information about identifying, preventing and contending with cyberstalking, visit the ITS Defend Your Data website: defendyourdata.wvu.edu.