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Beyond the cover: ‘Surviving a Cyberstalker’

By From page A9 | September 20, 2017

“Surviving a Cyberstalker” by Alexis Moore
Published 2017 by Alexis Moore
Paperback and eBook versions, 218 pages

This may be the scariest book you ever read. While not a thriller, a mystery or a horror novel, “Surviving a Cyberstalker” is a frightening read as it portrays the real-life experiences of those who have experienced cyberstalking and cyber abuse. Scary as it is, this isn’t even the “deep web” stuff — it’s every day, easy-to-find and used technology that makes even careful, computer savvy people vulnerable to the unscrupulous who want to take their money or ruin their lives.

Despite the real-life stories of cyber abuse, like “Sara” who was the victim of spoof technology, author Alexis Moore won’t leave you shaking in terror. Tucked between each story is a list of ways that you can take control of such a situation and prevent it from happening to you and tools to empower you to fight back if you’ve already become a victim.

Alexis Moore is a California attorney and advocate who does world-wide risk management consulting. She founded the non-profit crime victim advocacy group, Survivors in Action, and is the author of “A Parents’ Guide to Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying.” She also co-authored “Cyber Self-Defense: Expert Advice to Avoid Online Predators, Identity Theft, and Cyberbullying”

Moore knows what she’s talking about as the  El Dorado Hills resident is “hiding in plain sight” from a cyber stalker whose attempts to ruin her livelihood, her reputation, her finances and her life caused her to become a cyberstalking expert—one of the foremost in the world—and one of the few attorneys who handles cyber abuse cases.

With such strategies as an Events Time Line, tips for phone and online safety, how to hide in plain sight, how to protect personal information, when and how to talk to law enforcement and “the red herring,”  Moore gives the reader resources to be safe, stay safe and stop a cyber stalker in their tracks.

One of the biggest cyber issues of today, according to Moore, is ruining the reputation of a person or a business through social media. “Kids are usually the victims of cyberbullying and it’s traumatizing to both the kids and their parents who don’t always know how to help them,” said Moore, who puts easy to find and use resources on her websites to assist cyber victims.

“Right now, a huge trend is online reputation management for businesses who are often damaged by unverified reporting on sites like Yelp,” said Moore. “Anonymous posting means that a competitor, a disgruntled former employee or anyone with a grudge can post a negative review that may not be true.”

“Surviving a Cyberstalker” is available in paperback and eBook versions at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. It can also be ordered in print from the Barnes & Noble catalog. Moore is available for presentations about cyber abuse in all of its many forms. To find out where she may be presenting locally or to schedule a presentation visit the website at AlexisMoore.com. To learn more about Survivors in Action visit survivorsinaction.org, and to purchase “Surviving a Cyberstalker” or download free resources such as the Events Time Line, visit survivingacyberstalker.com.

Wendy Schultz

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