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Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t. Be wary about how much information you reveal and advertise to others. Keeping a low profile, especially in regards to cyber-stalking, is important for maintaining your privacy. If possible, carry a cell phone on you at all times in case you need to call for help.

If you are being stalked, you need to make it very clear to the stalker that you are not interested. A firm “No” is a clear and concise message that you are not interested in their advances. Don’t try to be polite by making up other excuses, as this leaves open windows for the stalker to think there is a chance.

Notify family members or close friends if you believe you are being stalked, both to build support and put them on the lookout. When going on a trip, give trusted a friend your itinerary so that they can notify authorities if something goes wrong. Vary your habits (ex: taking different ways to class) so that you are not an easy target for your stalker to follow.

Document Everything. The key to prosecuting a stalker is to document. Everything this individual does must be chronicled from the moment you believe you are being stalked. Also save everything the stalker sends you and record when and where you found it. Tape record phone calls the stalker leaves you and save voicemails, emails, instant messages, text messages and any social media contacts (facebook, twitter, etc). Experts also recommend that victims keep a journal to document all contacts and incidents, along with the time, date and other relevant information. Keep your records in a safe place and make a copy to leave in another location.

You may want to contact victim’s rights advocate groups (such as the Women and Gender Advocacy Center) who provide domestic violence or stalking advocacy and/or can get you connected to the appropriate resources. Early intervention is always best when trying to stop stalking.