Trolls are everywhere on the internet. These people who love to hate behind a screen are now being creative with their troll like habits through something called “doxxing”; which is a word for some hater that digs up a victim’s personal information and posts it online. For obvious reasons, this can be very harmful to a potential victim in many ways; any creep out there can choose to physically stalk a person that has been ‘doxxed’ and a victim’s private life can be displayed for anyone to see, including employers.
Do not worry. Darius M. Fisher, president and co-founder of Status Labs, which is an online reputation management, digital marketing and public relations firm has some tips to combat ‘doxxing’. The company counsels politicians and public figures as well as over 1,500 clients in 35+ countries. He and the firm offers strategic advice to help previously spurned clients rebuild their tainted reputation online and to avoid harm in the future.
At the same time, Fisher also counsels companies and individuals on how to be successful, through keeping employees and employers coexisting happily together; so the guy understands his field and the skills necessary to survive in the professional and digital world.
In one of his recent discussions, he highlights a few ways to minimize potential harm done by trolls on the internet. First, remove your personal data from online; this means withdrawing your data from “data brokers” like Spokeo and Whitepages. You’ll have to consistently do this because they buy and sell your information continuously. Secondly, change your social media settings to private. Third, change your passwords on all your accounts at least four times a year. Four and five are intertwined. Google yourself to search for any posts that could display you in a bad light and delete them, but keep in mind to never post anything that could be harmful to you in the first place.
With the aid of these tips, the possibility of being ‘doxxed’ or spurned online will significantly decrease while the chances of building a quality online reputation will increase.
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