Learn How to Dox to Protect Your Online Privacy
Cyberbullying is on the rise; from playground to office water cooler, it seems that most people know someone who has been victimized online or have heard about it.
Cyberbullying or computer hacking of any scale is virtually impossible to execute without some preliminary research. In hacking circles today that research is obtained through a process called « doxxing ». The end result is a « dox file ».
This guide will provide some context for cyberbullying victims and/or their guardians by demonstrating how anyone can use publicly available information on the internet to “dox” another person. In turn, this guide will also show you how to reduce or eliminate your own online footprint to prevent future doxxing.
For those that have no idea what I’m talking about –cyberbullying is a form of harassment that takes place over the internet; social media channels, websites, email, text messages, forums, chat rooms, or online video games, and it often bleeds into the real world.
What is « Doxxing » ?
Doxxing is often a first step taken before committing various criminal offences over the internet such as « swatting », obtaining unauthorized access to mobile devices, personal computers, or real-world intimidation and harassment.
From The Economist :
« The term “dox” (also spelt “doxx”, and short for “[dropping] documents”) first came into vogue as a verb around a decade ago, referring to malicious hackers’ habit of collecting personal and private information, including home addresses and national identity numbers. The data are often released publicly against a person’s wishes. It is a practice frowned upon by users of Reddit, a popular online forum, and many others.
More recently journalists have co-opted the phrase. It is now used by some, in a non-pejorative sense, to mean deep investigative reporting. This has blurred the distinction between nefarious digital intrusion and noble journalism »
In many cases the information compiled within a dox file consists of ; photo(s), name, age, gender, phone number, current address, prior offences (if available online), employer and/or school information, links to social profiles, instant messenger account IDs, and perhaps some names and personal information associated to family members or neighbors.
Other times, a dox file might contain files and information that were obtained illegally such as passwords, personal photos, videos, and emails of a deeply personal or sexual nature in an effort to shame the victim.
If you Googled this subject matter and found this book because you got hacked, doxed, swatted, or worse and you want to prevent it from happening again in the future –you have my utmost sympathies.
In this guide you will learn;
- What is doxxing? Learn the tricks hackers and internet trolls use to gather your personal information online –think like a hacker
- How monitor your online footprint on autopilot, and prevent the spread of your sensitive information online
- How to remove personally identifiable information from the internet and where to find it
- Learn cyberbullying facts and discover recent real-world cyberbullying case studies; teach others about cyberbullying and the very real threat of doxxing
If you believe that forewarned is forearmed, this guide is your first line of defense against malicious cyberbullying.
Let’s take a look at cyber bullying by the numbers according to onlineharassmentdata.org. These results are based on a survey of 1,007 Americans over 18 conducted online from May 20-22, 2014.
- 44 % of online harassment is of a sexual nature
- 28 % of online harassment relates to professional character and ability
- 23 % of online harassment is racial
- 14 % of online harassment is homophobic
The US National Crime Prevention Council did a research study back in 2009, too ;
- Over 40% of all teenagers with Internet access have reported being bullied online
- Girls are more likely than boys to be the target of cyber bullying
- 10% of children surveyed who were bullied told their parents about the incident ; only 18% of cases were reported to law enforcement
- Only 15% of parents are “in the know” about their kids’ social networking habits, and how these behaviors can lead to cyber bullying
- 58% of 4th through 8th graders reported having mean or cruel things said to them online
- 53% said that they have said mean or hurtful things to others while online
- 10% of 770 young people surveyed were made to feel “threatened, embarrassed or uncomfortable” by a photo taken of them using a cell-phone camera
Ideally someone would read this guide before ever getting doxed, or hacked, or harassed online. It is most certainly not a complete fix, but it would probably deter the meaner kids if information was somewhat harder to find. Maybe.
If you want to learn more about doxxing, how to dox, or how to prevent cyberbullying –you can pick up the guide here.