How to tell if someone stalks you on Facebook

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How to tell if someone stalks you on Facebook
You cannot track who views your Facebook profile. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The term Facebook stalker is used to describe someone who constantly comments on your posts, pictures and obsessively likes everything you do. He or she follows your life on Facebook to the point of it becoming creepy. A silent stalker is impossible to track down and unless someone interacts with you, there is no way of knowing who is reading your posts and watching your every move on the social network.

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Genuine friends

Even your closest real-life friend can unwittingly become a Facebook stalker. The temptation to keep checking what your friends are posting and doing can be overwhelming for the naturally nosey. Some Facebook stalkers feel the need to comment on their friends' lives day and night. A lighthearted word to the wise is probably enough to bring your mate back down to Earth and stop the stalking before it damages your friendship.

Single status

Changing your relationship status to single on Facebook has the unsettling ability to flush silent stalkers out into the open. Check your privacy settings and only allow the friends you want to see your posts, uploads and comments. If you're not sure how to keep your information private, click the cog setting at the top of your profile page and choose "Help" from the drop down menu. If you don't want the world pestering you, limit your profile's visibility and turn off chat for anyone who is a nuisance.

The ex

If your relationship is over in the real world, you could still be stalked anonymously by an ex on Facebook. Drastic measures to prevent this involve un-friending your ex, the ex's friends, colleagues and everyone else who knows you through your previous partner if severe stalker issues arise. Unless the person in question interacts with you, you'll never know if you're just being paranoid or if they are lurking and stalking your every post. If in doubt, you can always close your old account, open a new one and start afresh.

Stay safe

If you think someone is taking an unhealthy interest in your profile to the point that you feel uncomfortable with the unwanted attention, you can block them by clicking the "Report/Block" option from the drop down menu next to the "Messages" button on their profile page. This prevents the person from interacting with you on Facebook so they cannot post on your wall, message you or comment on your content. If you are the victim of harassment or other serious online abuse, you can report instances of cyber-bullying to the police.

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