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DOXXING: THE CYBER CRIME



  Apr 23, 2024

DOXXING: THE CYBER CRIME



1. What is doxxing?

Doxxing involves the unauthorized sharing or publication of private information about an individual, typically online. This information can include home addresses, phone numbers, email IDs, and other sensitive details that can lead to harassment or even physical harm.

2. What motivates someone to dox another person?

Motivations can vary, but often include intent to harm, harass, intimidate, or exact revenge. Doxxing can also be used as a tool for public shaming or as a form of vigilante justice, although it’s widely considered unethical and harmful.

3. How can you protect yourself from being doxxed?

Protecting yourself involves several strategies: be cautious about the personal information you share online; use privacy settings on social media to control who can see your posts; consider removing personal information from public directories; and secure your accounts with strong, unique passwords and two-factor authentication.

4. What should you do if you are doxxed?

If you find yourself a victim of doxxing:

• Document the incident and gather evidence, such as screenshots.
• Report the doxxing to the platforms where your information has been shared.
• Change your passwords and increase your account security.
• Consider filing a report with local law enforcement or a cybercrime unit.
• Remove your personal information from websites, if possible, by submitting removal requests.

5. Can you recover from doxxing?

Recovery can be challenging but is possible with the right actions and support. Secure your digital presence, seek legal advice if necessary, and reach out to friends and family for support. It may also help to consult with professionals who can assist in managing the aftermath of doxxing.

6. What are platforms doing to prevent doxxing?

Major platforms like Google, Meta (Facebook and Instagram), and X have policies against doxxing and provide tools for users to report and remove personal information. They also work to enforce these policies by taking down offending content and sanctioning users who violate these guidelines.



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