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More Men fall Victims to Cyber Stalking than Women

About 3% of men in UK have directly suffered from cyber stalking in comparison to only 1% of women victims, according to the latest findings by Garlik, an online security firm.

A new study by online identity experts at Garlik shows that during 2005-06, over 394,000 men fell victims of online stalking receiving large numbers of rude e-mails (35%), suffering character abuse on message boards and sites, and in 7% extreme cases, online pilferage led to stalking over the telephone.

Against this, women who suffered similar problems were just 135,000. Garlik's survey also indicates that most of the cases of cyber stalking, around 81%, are never reported with one quarter of men victims (i.e. 25%) apprehending that the cops wouldn't consider their report seriously and above 6% of male victims feeling too afraid to lodge a complaint. Apart from this, 21% regard only themselves as responsible for exposing their personal details.

Although 23% of the men in the survey said they were concerned about the online stalking. Despite these surprising figures, the UK residents do not adopt enough protective measures when going online making the blunder of giving away sensitive private information without giving much thought about possible risks.

Some statistics indicate that 20% of men provide their cell phone numbers on social networking Websites like FriendsReunited against 14% of women; 16% of male visitors to such sites give out their residence numbers against 13% of female visitors; and 16% of men have created their personal sites to describe their achievements and lives against 8% of women.

The research rejects a common belief that men don't fall prey to cyber stalking, said Tom Ilube, Chief Executive, Garlik, as reported by Vnunet.com on September 11, 2007. It also emphasizes that consumers need to be careful about the type of information they reveal online and also on keeping their identity protected on the Internet, added Ilube.

Dr. Emily Finch, a criminologist and Director at legal research company 1871 Ltd. said that men typically guard themselves less than women at the time of using the Internet, which exposes them to online crime, from ID theft and cyber stalking to hacking and financial scams. Vnunet.com reported this on September 11, 2007.

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