Subject: Shut Stalkers Out of Your Tech
Source: Consumer Reports
People facing domestic abuse can take these steps to lock down their devices and eliminate stalkerware
People who are in or have left abusive relationships face very clear threats, including physical violence, sexual violence, emotional abuse, and verbal aggression. They may also come to realize they are being spied on or stalked—in person or virtually on their computers, phones, and connected devices. It can be frightening, but Consumer Reports has compiled a list of ways you can take back control.
Security and domestic violence experts say it’s critical to figure out how an abuser may be accessing information you haven’t shared, such as your physical location, who you’ve been speaking to, or details of personal conversations.
“You’re basically approaching the whole situation like you’re a detective,” says Eva Galperin, director of cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
People may assume that an abuser has installed stalkerware on their devices when the real explanation is simpler, says Toby Shulruff, senior technology safety specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “The more common thing is that all of these everyday features of our phones are used for monitoring,” she says.