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Doxing

If you only have 5 minutes:

  • Remember everything you share on social media could potentially be repeated against you in future.
  • Be guarded in what information you share online.
  • You should never share certain information unless it is absolutely critical to receive a service.

 

What is… doxing?

Doxing is an extreme form of online attack, finding and uploading information and documents (or ‘dox’) on an anoymous person. Whilst most commonly targeted to people who come into the public eye, information can also be compiled and shared in this way against normal members of the public. 

How to defend against doxing.

Don’t overshare: Don’t overshare on social media or online forums and message boards. Sharing personal information could easily give doxers too much to work with.

Change your privacy settings: Make your posts on social media sites private so that only select people can view them.

Don’t provide personal information: When signing up for social media platforms, don’t provide personal details, such as your date of birth, hometown, high school, or employer information.

Use a VPN: Signing up with a virtual private network, or VPN, can help shield your private information from doxers. When you connect to the internet by first logging into a VPN, your real IP address will be hidden. This means that hackers won’t be able to mine this address for your location or other identifying information.

Be alert for phishing emails: Doxers might use phishing scams to trick you into disclosing your home address, National Insurance number or even passwords. Be wary whenever you receive a message that supposedly comes from a bank or credit card company and requests your personal information. Financial institutions will never ask for this information by email.

Certain information should never be shared: Make a vow to never post certain pieces of information online, such as your National Insurance number, home address, driver’s license number, and any information regarding bank accounts or credit card numbers. Remember, hackers could intercept email messages, so you shouldn’t include private details in yours.