Doxing is among the recurring threats online users face. Kaspersky defines it as the practice of gathering personal information to publish or use it in an alternative way that will harm somebody.
Doxing often happens because there are so many public channels where user data gets exposed. However, users can prevent and protect themselves from doxing.
For users to reign control over their data, Kaspersky privacy experts provided a comprehensive checklist on how to handle one’s private data responsibly and hassle-free.
Here’s the first section of the guide, the information users can control:
- Be conscious of which personal data you share and with whom, as well as how much you trust them.
- Be mindful of who you share your data with and when.
- Think before you post. Be accountable for what you share. Every time. Even if your account is closed.
- Use abstract geotags if any at all. Do not tag photos with specific locations that you visit regularly
- Make sure that you do not show your personal data on the photos you share
- Understand which messengers are safe and which ones have end-to-end encryption
- Invest wisely in your smart devices. Cheap development often means higher data leak risks
- Shop online in trusted stores. The fewer, the better.
To read the full checklist, visit Kaspersky’s blog here.
Of course, these kinds of digital risks should not discourage users to express themselves online. Digital wellbeing should be a top priority, especially amid the ongoing pandemic. For this reason, Kaspersky reminds users to treat their personal data online responsibly.
To learn more about doxing, go to Kaspersky’s free online course.