This scary report reveals that your ex may be still stalking you online

NortonLifeLock, a global leader in consumer products Cyber Safety, unveiled new findings from his 2021 Norton Cyber ​​Safety Insights report. The Norton 2021 Cybersecurity Insights Report: Special Release – Online Creeping aims to assess consumers’ online habits and assess whether it differs from cyberstalking. According to the report, 74% of Indian adults who have been in romantic relationships admit to “stalking” their current/former partner online without their knowledge or consent.
The most common forms of “stalking,” it was revealed, were viewing search history on their partner’s device (32%); checking text messages, phone calls, direct messages, emails or photos on their partner’s device (31%); and tracking their partner’s location through a location-sharing app (29%) – all without their partner’s knowledge or consent. Furthermore, 26% said they used their knowledge of their partner’s passwords to access the latter’s devices and online accounts, while 25% used an app to covertly record their text messages, phone calls, direct messages, emails, or photos to follow.
Of those who stalked a current or former partner, 39% said they wanted to make sure they were physically and/or mentally safe; 36% said they wanted to know what their partner was doing; while 33% claimed they stalked online when they found out their partners were doing the same to them.
“For most people, checking someone online is not a crime. However, this behavior becomes problematic when it becomes a pattern of using technology to track one’s activities,” said Ritesh Chopra, Director Sales and Field Marketing, India & SAARC Countries, NortonLifeLock. adults would be more likely to stalk their current/former partner online if they knew they weren’t going to get caught. It is therefore critical for Indians to understand the difference between controlling someone and stalking someone.”
The report adds that 52% of Indian adults believe it is harmless to stalk a current/former partner online; 59% believe online stalking is okay when it comes to their partner’s physical or mental well-being; 53% say online stalking is justified if one or both partners have cheated or are suspected of cheating; while 51% say they don’t mind being stalked online as long as they aren’t being stalked in person.
Incidentally, there is little familiarity with stalkerware or creepware in India; according to the report, only 32% are familiar with it, 35% have only heard the name, while 33% are unaware of it. However, 54% of Indian adults who are currently in a romantic relationship believe their partner is likely to download or have already downloaded stalkerware/creepware onto their device. This belief is more pronounced among the younger generation (58% under 40) than among the older generation (41% over 40).
The report, conducted in collaboration with The Harris Pollo surveyed more than 10,000 adults aged 18 and over in 10 countries, including 1,000 Indian adults, to assess consumers’ online habits and whether this differs from cyberstalking.

Spread the love

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top