Activist Tools: Online Privacy
If the majority of your online life takes place in respectable corners of Facebook or on reputable news sites, you might not have heard of doxxing. It is not something most people are aware of, but if you’re going to be an online warrior of the Resistance, then you need to take steps to protect yourself against it.
What is doxxing?
Doxxing, also sometimes called sleuthing, is the practice of digging through someone’s internet presence to uncover and publish their personal information such as their full name, home address or private cell phone number. Sometimes victims even have their employer’s name and contact information published. Once this information is published, many doxxing victims become targets of relentless harassment.
People are targeted for doxxing for all kinds of reasons, usually stemming from their involvement with some kind of controversial activity. If you have been vocal online about participating in the #Resistance, then you should take steps to protect your personal information. This week, TWW USA brings you tips to protect your privacy online.
National Cyber Security Alliance: Tips for Social Networks
Social networks can be used for a variety of purposes. Some of the fun is creating a large pool of friends from different areas of your life. This doesn’t mean that all friends are created equal. There are tools you can use to manage your friends and groups and the information you share with them. You can even maintain multiple pages.
Don’t Fall Into a Honey Pot
We live in interesting, complex times – and a lot of this complexity has to do with the internet. Its power and reach is immense. We use it to organize, to get our message out and to build social movements. But there are plenty of bad actors out there who want to use the internet’s power against us.
Social Media Best Practices from UCLA IT Services
UCLA’s Social Media Security Guide contains resources about the best practices for online security, including a one minute video perfect for sharing.
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