The Internet comes to us with promises of a wealth of opportunities including the amazing ability of establishing connections on a global scale. With the number of users in cyber space rising rapidly, there is a trend in which the threats and dangers posed to the audience has become rampant.
Particularly, as a woman when you go online, there are hurdles that bring safety issues that a man does not usually experience. Cyber-bullying, sexual harassment, doxing, threatening, disclosing private photos and videos without consent are issues faced by the women in the cyber space. These are gender-based abuses on the cyber space.
You as a smart woman, should always take the responsibility to stay aware of the dangers that exist on the cyber space, and should develop your skills to protect yourself from gender based cyber abuses.
Following are some common online threats as a woman you might get exposed to,
Cyberbullying is the usage of social media, emails or mobiles to embarrass, degrade, threaten or silence an individual. You may encounter following issues on Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
Sexting is circulating sexually explicit messages, photographic images or videos through social media platforms. Someone can circulate sexually explicit images of you to others or even can post such photos on a social media platform.
Doxing is someone distributing your personal information such as your home address, phone number, email address or place of work without your consent. Such information can be used by perpetrator to blackmail you or impersonate you.
Cyberstalking is someone gathering your personnel data available online (your financial affairs, relationships details, social and work life, your location) to stalk you or harass you, or even to establish a relationship with you.
Revenge porn means distributing sexually explicit photos or videos of yourself onto social media or uploading such content to pornographic websites. Typically, content of this nature can be posted by your ex-partner (boyfriend), who does it with the purpose of causing humiliation and damage to your reputation.