Online harassment seems to be as much a part of modern relationships as lovingly sharing a single spoon and dessert in a dimly lit restaurant or arguing over who should take the trash out.
This is just one of the findings of antivirus merchant Norton’s latest online trend review, which found that nearly one in 10 people in the US admits to using stalkerware or creepware to keep a eye on a partner.
Additionally, the threat of cyber espionage works both ways, with people involved in relationships increasingly resigning themselves to the fact that their partner might stalk them – now or in the future.
In the United States, men are three times more likely than women to use spyware to monitor their current partner or ex.
And these discoveries are not limited to the United States. Globally, a third of people in relationships have admitted to cyberstalking, according to the survey.
Perhaps the most disturbing finding from the United States is that a third of respondents (aged 18 to 39) believe it is “harmless to stalk a current or former partner online.”
Kevin Roundy, CTO and Stalkerware Specialist at Norton Labs, believes cyberstalking can “take many forms”, but the “common thread is that it is unwanted, pervasive and obsessive.”
“When online crawling manifests as a compulsive pattern or evolves to use technology and tactics to quietly track activity on someone’s personal device or harass them online, it becomes a serious cyberstalking problem.” , did he declare.
Elsewhere, Norton 2021 Cyber Security Information Report – covering more than 10,000 people in 10 countries – revealed that 15 million Britons had been victims of some form of cybercrime in the past year, representing a financial blow of £ 2.7 billion.
He also revealed that more than half had tried to tighten their online security, including strengthening their passwords, while a third of those polled said they limited the information they shared on social media.
You can Read the full report here. ®