It doesn’t take much these days to get doxxed. For those who are blissfully unaware, someone has been dozed when their personal information is posted online by a troll with nothing better to do. The end result is a complete invasion of safety and privacy.
However, there is a guy out there whose aim is to prevent personal information from ever hurting anyone online again: Darius M. Fisher the president of Status Labs. Status Labs is the premier digital reputation management firm, and Fisher has taken the company global successful by repairing online crisis and digital reputations.
In an interview listed online Fisher sat down with someone who was doxxed and went through the basic checklist for proper digital hygiene to make sure that anyone with a high profile online does not end up doxxed themselves.
First up, you need to make sure that your personal information such as your address and phone number is not already sitting around online waiting to be found or sold by someone. There are a few prominent data brokers that probably have your information even if you are not aware. These include Whitepages, Intelius, PeopleSmart, Pipl, Spokeo, and Zoominfo. You need to opt out of your inclusion in their database, but because they repopulate regularly you need to do so every quarter or so.
Second, you need to make sure all of your social media privacy settings remain private. It is tempting to post publicly for the attention, but Fisher said that you never know who will repost something you think is private. So you have to heavily scrutinize every single thing that you post.
Most people know they should be changing their passwords on a regular basis, but most people don’t bother. Fisher says this is a mistake. You should be changing your social media and key passwords at least four times per year. Additionally, make sure you are using different passwords for each account.
Darius Fisher knows a few things about internet privacy as the co-founder of Status Labs. Status Labs is an internationally known online reputation management firm that also specializes in public relations and digital marketing. The firm has offices in New York, Austin, and Sao Paulo and serves clintes in 35 countries. Status Labs helps to repair reputations or maintain them through creative digital solutions crafted to meet the specific needs of each client.
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