Doxing is the revealing of documents and personally identifiable information (PII) online, often with the intent of harassment. First responders and public officials have been victims of doxing in the past several years.
What's more concerning is that information made public can also include the names of family members, including children. Sometimes the information includes things like birthdays and Social Security numbers, making it easier for someone to steal your identity.
A recent Slate article suggests doxing yourself; that is, search for your own information online in the same way a doxer would. Then, scrub your online presence to make it more difficult for anyone to abuse the information.
- Search different variations of your name, phone numbers, address and any online “handles” you use or used to have. Use different search engines as they may turn up different results.
- Check your social media presence and look at the information publicly available with the eye of someone out to do you or your family harm.
- Take some time to do some reverse image searching of pictures you’ve put online, such as profile pictures.
- Check Haveibeenpwned.com regularly for data breaches. Many of us have gotten jaded about data breaches because they happen so often, but that doesn’t make them any less damaging.
- Look at your information on online data brokers such as AnyWho and Whitepages. These sites collect and sell your private information.
- Avoid using Facebook or Google to log in to other sites as you are giving the third part app access to your social media data. Pay attention to what you are agreeing to when you create accounts on phone apps and online sites.
- Do all of this for all your family members, including your children.
The Slate article goes into much more detail, lists helpful websites and gives other important tips to keep you and your family safe.
This article appears in the March 5, 2020 InfoGram PDF ~200 KB. | Subscribe to the InfoGram
Other articles include:
- Past FEMA PrepTalks speak to current coronavirus emergency
- Upcoming BMAP administrator trainer, community liaison courses
- Active Shooter Training for Houses of Worship
- Cybersecurity threat and vulnerability updates