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Doxxing Prevention Harm Reduction Training

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Digital security is a form of harm reduction. In this training we share tips and tools on how to lock down social media to make any revealing or personal information more difficult for malicious actors to find. If you get doxxed, it is NOT your fault.

As we discuss in the training, everyone’s threat models look different. What works for some people, may not work for you! No one knows you, or your needs better than you. Please take what actions and advice work for you! What follows is information and SUGGESTIONS based upon our experiences and research.

What is Doxxing?

Doxxing or Doxing is typically a cyber attack in which someone with malicious intent releases personal, private, or stigmatized information about someone without their consent, knowledge or control. Doxxing is a form of abuse and harassment in which information is collected and shared through a combination of web searches, reverse image searches, combing through social media, use of the way back machine, publicly available databases, hacking and social engineering. Doxxing rarely takes place because of information found on a single website. It is most often piecing together bits of information from all sorts of open source information found online.

Doxxing can often leave an individual feeling fearful, vulnerable and alone. So we want to share some concrete tips on how you can take action to protect your private information online! All of this is covered more in depth in the training, but below are a few tips and resources if you are just browsing quickly. For more information on digital security practices, you can check out our other training where we go more in depth on threat modeling here.

How can I prevent Doxxing?

Consider the following to prevent doxxing. Again, whatever works best for you and the threat model you’ve devised!

Tips On Attending a Protest

Locking down Social Media

Again, these are all suggestions. Not all of these suggestions are possible for everyone. You know what works best for you!

Doxxing Prevention Harm Reduction

In this training we talk about what doxxing is, how you can protect yourselves at protests or as sex working folks. We talk about how digital security is both a form of self care and community care (much like safer sex practices). This training focuses on locking down your security settings on Twitter and Instagram.

What To Do if You’ve Been Doxxed?

Community Data Hygiene Guidelines:

Sometimes the least technical practices can have the biggest impact.

Chaff – polluting data pools by filling them with useless bits.
Steganography – hiding data in plain sight. secret messages hidden within plain speech, code words hidden in metadata of images

Resources on Doxxing mentioned in the training

Plugins for privacy

Professional Support for Doxxing Self Defense

If the attacks are overwhelming, massively orchestrated, potentially very dangerous, seek professional help.

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