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What is 'doxing' and how can we avoid it?

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

Doxing consists of publishing users' personal information to blackmail or intimidate them. In addition to demanding money, cybercriminals also try to intimidate, embarrass and hurt them for revenge or justice.

This practice can be done by strangers or even acquaintances. Users should ensure their privacy and security on social networks by posting their phone numbers, addresses, cities of residence and places of work, as cybercriminals can harass and intimidate.

In recent years, this practice has become a way of exerting social pressure on people who reveal bad behavior, perceived by the perpetrators as victims.

A simple disagreement or rivalry in an online video game can be enough to create an emotional impact, especially when children are involved.

On the other hand, small details are enough to obtain personal information, such as user IDs on Twitter, where data and friend lists can be found.

How can it be avoided?

Clean up the biggest digital trail.

Do not share personal information online.

Use two-factor authentication.

Create a strong and unique password for each account.

Check that the calls or videoconferences are private and encrypted.

Do not open unknown links.

Follow these recommendations if you are a victim of doxing

Report and block the cybercriminal using the tools available on the social network where the harassment occurs.

You have to take screenshots of the possible data that are relevant.

Profiles must be private.

Check if personal information and bank details are not exposed.

Consider whether it is necessary to contact local authorities.

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