Closing Pandora’s Doxx: How to Protect Your Information from Internet Trolls

Submitted by on the 11th of December 2018

We’ve been deep diving into the world of Doxxing and so far we’ve uncovered just exactly what Doxxing is as well as the psychology behind why people do it in the first place. If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs, then you’re probably well versed on this topic, but while understanding Doxxing is important so is staying ahead of the culprits. Here are a few tips on how to keep your information protected.

 

Never use login with Facebook/Google

Signing into several sites with the one log-in can leave accounts vulnerable. There’s also the possibility that less trustworthy sites may do something else with your data, like sell it to a third party.

 

 

Keep your social media profile info vague

Do not include your full address on any platforms, keep it simple. E.g. Gauteng, South Africa.

 

 

Make your answer to security questions difficult to answer

Make sure the question and answer you chose for your password reset is not an answer someone could guess by viewing info on your social media profiles. For example, instead of choosing the question ‘what high school you attended’ choose something vaguer like ‘what was the name of your Grade 1 teacher?’

 

 

Send personal information as a direct message

When you are engaging with company accounts on social media, do not reply with personal information such as your cellphone number, email address, reference number or claim ID where it can easily be seen. Rather send it as a direct message to avoid third parties stealing your information.

 

 

Keep your bank card out of your pictures

We all love doing things for the gram. Just make sure that no sensitive info credit card number) is showing in the background of your pictures. It takes internet trolls seconds to use that information to treat themselves to an online shopping spree.

 

 

Avoid Sharing your ID number

There’s a trend of people posting their driver’s license on their timeline as an act of celebration. Many people also post their ID number and cellphone number on job posts. Once internet trolls have your ID number, they can access all types of information about you.

 

 

Untag yourself from pictures

It’s usually innocent when your friends tag you in pictures, but there could be consequences. Trolls can use the tagged pictures to find out where you work, where you frequently hang out and where you live.

 

 

Audit your friend requests

Do not just accept any friend request on your personal page. Make sure you know the person you’re allowing to view your profile and block anyone whose request you keep having to reject.

 

 

To end off our blog series, our next article will focus on how to respond if you have done everything you can to protect yourself against Doxxing and it still happens to you. If you’re still unsure or need to refresh your memory, give our previous blogs What the Doxx? and the Doxx Files a read.