Sally Kohn, a journalist working with the Daily Beast, shares five simple tips to reduce the risk of doxxing, or having personal information revealed on the internet. The suggestions are provided largely by Darius Fisher, co-founder and president for more than three years of Status Labs, a public relations and online presence management firm with offices across the United States.
Fisher has been at the fore of Status Labs’ push to foreign countries and has seen the successful growth of Status Labs as a firm since 2013. Specializing in minimizing the risk for figures both public and private, and giving those affected by negative internet publicity a second chance, Fisher has been lauded as both one of the Innovation 50 by PRWeek in 2015 and the Biz Dev Professional of the Year in 2016.
The first step, according to Fisher, is to clean your personal information off of the biggest information brokers on the web. These include (but aren’t limited to) PeopleSmart, Pipl, and Whitepages.
Secondly, Fisher urges anyone who isn’t a public figure to set all of their social media accounts to private. Unless there’s some business reason to make a social media post public, he argues your posts should be your business only, and to be mindful of who can see it.
As a third suggestion, Fisher offers that you should reset your passwords at least four times a year. He stresses that it’s key to making it difficult for your accounts on any website from being compromised, and suggests keeping physical notes on your passwords to keep them easily remembered.
Moving from preventive practices to proactive presentation, Fisher suggests that you google yourself regularly. When done in a manner that gives untailored information, it can be useful in determining how you are perceived by potential employers.
Finally, Fisher gives some advice on what to do if everything goes wrong and you’re doxxed anyway. The important part, he says, is staying calm. Panic is a doxxer’s goal. He also states that you should go to the police with anything you feel threatens your person.