NortonLifeLock, a major global company in the field of consumer digital security - revealed new results from the Norton Cyber Safety Insights Report for the year 2021, where the report called Norton Cyber Safety Insights for the year 2021 aims to assess consumer habits Online and whether it turns into online stalking.
According to the report, 74% of adults who were in a romantic relationship admitted to stalking their current/ex-partner online without their knowledge or consent.
The most common form of 'stalking' was revealed to be 'reviewing search history' on their partner's device (32%); checking text messages, phone calls, direct messages, emails, or photos on a partner's device (31%); Track a partner's location with a location-sharing app (29%) all without the partner's knowledge or consent.
Moreover, 26% said they used their knowledge of their partners' passwords to access their devices and online accounts, while 25% used an app to surreptitiously monitor their text messages, phone calls, direct messages, or photos.
Among those who stalked a current or former partner, 39% said they wanted to make sure they were physical/or mentally safe; 36% said they wanted to know what their partner was doing; While 33% claimed they resorted to online stalking when they found out that their partners were doing the same to them.
The report adds that 52% of adults believe it is "harmless" to stalk a current/ex-partner online; While 59% believe that online stalking is a good thing if it is to check their partner's physical or mental health; And 53% say that online stalking is justified if one or both partners cheat; While 51% said they don't care about being stalked online as long as they aren't being stalked in person.
Incidentally, there is limited awareness among users about crawlers or crawlers; According to the report, only 32% are aware of it, 35% have only heard the name, and 33% are not aware of it, however, 54% of adults who are currently in a romantic relationship believe that their partner is likely to download stalkerware / creepware on their device or already did.
This belief is perhaps more pronounced among the younger generation (58% under the age of 40) than among the older generation (41% over the age of 40), and the report, conducted in partnership with The Harris Poll, surveyed more than 10,000 adults over the age of 18. In 10 countries to assess consumers' online habits and whether they veer into online stalking.