If you’ve ever googled your name, maybe feelings of surprise and anxiety sprang up after seeing the first page of results. There’s a chance that information that you didn’t share or maybe even forgot came up. For example, many of us can’t remember all of the places we have lived but it seems the internet can. If you’re trans, this could be true for more than one of your names.
Stalkerware, a type of spyware, that enables remote access by a person to monitor the contents of another device, such as a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. This access goes way beyond apps that are developed to find your phone if it is lost or stolen. And despite some being marketed as parental control apps, they are not just set up to limit what kind of websites or apps a child can visit. They are used to surveil and control people. For trans folks of any age, these tools can further isolate us.