You don’t have to be a master internet manipulator to know that getting your information leaked can be a big deal in a bad way. Right now one of the biggest threats most people run into when using the computer has nothing to do with banking and everything to do with losing their privacy. When you get ‘doxxed’ you run the risk of having your private information, like your name and personal address, being put into the hands of people who want to do you harm. Darius Fisher, the CEO of reputation management firm Status Labs, decided to talk some preventative tips with doxxing in mind.
The key to stopping yourself from getting doxxed, according to Darius Fisher, is keeping your private information as closed down as possible. In order to do this, Fisher heavily advises taking some time every once in awhile to Google yourself and look up related terms to your name. You’ll want to see just WHAT is going on out there as far as your info is concerned before you can diagnose just how bad the potential of you getting doxxed truly is. Once you’ve found out just how bad your info has been leaked it is time to get proactive.
Now that you know what’s out there you need to start getting a ton of this content removed. Start off by taking down whatever you have personal access to and then begin emailing webmasters who host the other data. If the webmasters don’t comply then you can move on to utilizing a lawyer. A letter from a lawyer will typically get most webmasters to comply.
Now that you’ve gotten much of your content removed you need to focus on keeping it from ever re-appearing. To do this you need to lock down your social media accounts. Fisher’s team advocates pushing all of the security features of your social media to their limits. Limit what people can see and adjust these security measures every couple of months. Get into the habit of changing your passwords and make sure that you are not using the same password too many times.
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