Trans and queer people, women, and people of color are routinely attacked online. This often takes the form of “Doxxing”, which is when anonymous attackers publicly publish online people’s private data, such as addresses, phone numbers, and contact information of family members. This is often accompanied by threats or calls for people to harm the person being Doxxed.

“Swatting” is an escalation of Doxxing, which is when someone calls in a fake threat to law enforcement so that SWAT teams are sent to the targeted person’s home. Protect yourself by making your profile and posts on social media private and removing your home address from public view. Be cautious when posting comments on public sites, as they may include your full name and email. When you do decide to disclose PII (personally identifiable information) online for whatever reasons, make sure you weigh the potential risks in doing so.

What is Doxxing and How is it Done

The Center for Solutions to Online Violence provides a number of detailed instructions:

What to do if you’ve been doxxed.

Locking down your online identity.

Educating others about online violence.

The DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity has compiled these important links to easily access your social media privacy settings.