An Internet Protocol (IP) Address is a a unique numerical identifier assigned to a machine on a network. You can view you own your IP Address here.
- An IP address reveals your ISP (internet service provider)
- If the abuser has your IP address, there is a possibility of being hacked
- Many web sites will store and track activity coming from your IP address. They may use this information to customise ads according to your internet activity and your location.
- Use a Virtual Privacy Network, IPredator, Riseup
- Get a hardware/software Firewall - Use a router Learn How To Set-Up A Wireless Router here.
Local area wireless computer networking technology
- Easy to hack into Wi-Fi and gain access to devices, especially if using a public network (in a cafe or library)
- Phishing is very easy on a public Wi-Fi connection. Untrusted public Wifi connections may be used for phishing (ie if the attacker controls the network the victim connects to).
- Don’t join Wi-Fi networks that do not require a password.
- Be careful of all WiFi networks that you do not control or explicitly trust.
- Get a VPN (Virtual Private Network) - see References
Opening emails from your stalker
- Email add-ons/extensions
- The abuser could send email impersonating other people
- Find My Phone apps
- Tracking app
- Could attach a bug to your device
- Block their email address
- Never open their emails
- Never reply to their email, - this can give them information to track
- Don’t trust the sender “name”: check the email address and be suspicious about strange emails
Attachments can contain spyware or tracking software
Don’t open or download attachments you’re not expecting
Links in emails can take you to websites that are also designed to download malware/phishing sites
Don’t click on links in emails if you can help it. See How to Check Emails for Fake Hyperlinks and How to Test a Suspicious Link Without Clicking It
- Tracking through account
- Location settings show your location when you send an e-mail
- Encrypt all emails, by using an encrypted email provider, such as Tutanota or mailvelope. For ease and simplicity we recommend Virtru.
- Install a plugin which encrypts your emails i.e. mailvelope (How To Use Mailvelope)
Use Thunderbird and select the OpenPGP option to encrypt your email. See encrypt your email with PGP.
High threat level: Get rid of your current account and set up a new one