Doxxing Can Happen to Anyone
What exactly is doxxing?
Many of us deal with mean people on the internet, but online trolls can be very nasty. Online trolling becomes quite serious after someone maliciously reveals genuine private information for others to use and target their attacks toward.
Personal information intentionally leaked online is called “doxing” (also spelled “doxxing”) and it ruins lives. When someone gets doxed, they are targeted by trolls online and offline. Imagine having hundreds of unknown people contacting you online, sending you horrific images or annoying spam. Like a group of bullies, they try to one-up each other, escalating their attacks until someone shows up at your front door. Mob mentality is dangerous and people online get outrageously offended over minor things.
Keeping your private details clear from Google, Facebook, and other websites helps prevent doxing. When people get mad during an argument, punches are thrown. When people get mad online, information is abused. Doxing requires research to carry out. If your information is available online for people to collect and compile, then you are vulnerable to being doxed.
No one knows what will go viral and what won’t. A normal user like you or I can post something a little bit special and have it seen by a hundred million people overnight. Trolls love attacking people for things taken out of context. All it takes is one person to get angry and start rallying other trolls to gather and attack. Trolls bully in groups, scouring the internet for private information to plan their attack against someone they’ve never met.
Using a service like Wiperts will make it much harder for trolls to attack you. Wiperts removes personal information from the internet. If trolls can’t find anything about you, then they give up. Chasing a ghost is a waste of time after all. But if your personal information reveals who you are, where you live, your phone number, email, and otherwise, you’re in for a rough ride. Even mild content justifies a crusade in the mind of online trolls. Fortify your defenses by making yourself hard to find online. In the information era, information is power. Don’t let trolls overpower you.
Stop the abuse
Your personal information shouldn’t be online for the world to see. Only those who you know should be able to contact you instantaneously. Technology has given everyone the superpower of instant communication. Sadly, like every superpower in the wrong hands, it’s often abused.
No one wants to have strangers in the street scream obscenities at them as they walk by, but for some reason, this is perfectly okay on the internet. People stroll through Facebook St, Twitter Ln, and Reddit Blvd as trolls hurl insults at them for no good reason. If this happened in real life, you’d simply take a different route… right? But many people choose to keep coming back to Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit despite the abuse. This is a textbook case of an abusive relationship (also known as “Stockholm Syndrome”). Cut the cord and free yourself from the abuse.
If you don’t want strangers hurling nasty words at you every day, then seriously consider what Wiperts can do for you. Your private contact information should remain private. People who know you in real life are much more likely to be decent human beings when communicating with you. By keeping your contact information limited to people who care about you, you can cut out all the hateful background noise that miserable trolls tend to generate.
There was life before the internet and there will be life after the internet. Believe it or not, there are people who have stepped away from the internet. Sometimes the digital world becomes too much and people don’t want to be messaged every day and every hour. Walking away from something that causes pain and suffering is totally understandable. Being trolled or harassed online is a legitimate reason to stop using the internet for a while.
Before stepping away from the internet, clean up your personal information from Google and other websites. Doing this will make your offline lifestyle easier to live. As Wiperts cleans up your online identity, you can breathe easier knowing that over time fewer people will have your private information. While you’re away the trolls will continue attacking a digital account that you’re not using. Use this time to reconnect with the physical world.
It’s actually quite refreshing to put your phone on silent and just enjoy life. Spending time with people is a lot less meaningful if everyone is on their phones. Not every personal moment needs to be shared on Snapchat. Social media websites, tech companies, and service providers have successfully convinced everyone that happiness comes from sitting around in big groups, spending time on smartphones and sharing everything over 4G-LTE.
Instead of talking to people in the same room, people are messaging other people outside of the room or mindlessly scrolling through a feed that they could easily do alone at home. It’s a little bit sad to see people spend time together but be separated by a digital wall. People have limited lifespans whereas content online will never die.
Getting back online
After the fire dies down and the trolls go back to their caves, getting back online once in a while probably won’t be the worst thing to do. You might want to simply start fresh and create completely new accounts after being doxed. Whatever you do, make sure your new accounts don’t show up on Google with your personal information, otherwise people may put two and two together and figure out you’re back online with new accounts.
Keeping your private information away from bad actors will make your life easier. Without your information, they can only attack a disposable screenname. You can simply walk away without losing much, if anything. Most accounts are free anyway, so making a new one won’t be a problem. Contacting customer support as a paying customer to transfer purchases to a new account shouldn’t be too much trouble either, especially if you explain that you’re being trolled. Start over from scratch and only contact those who you really care about.