What is Doxing?
Doxing is the act of publishing another person's personally identifiable information for the purposes of harassment, intimidation, or humiliation. Published information can include the target's contact information, address, engagement announcements, tax records, notices of political or military involvement, and other details.
How Can I Protect Myself?
You can take these steps to reduce the risk of being doxed:
- Create a burner email address for websites that require email confirmation for opting out.
- Create a temporary phone number for websites that require verification via telephone or text message.
- Search for yourself regularly and see what information is visible. You can request public records websites to remove your information.
A more detailed guide to mitigating doxing threats was published by the National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium and the New York State Intelligence Center:Cyber_Advisory-DoxingMitigation-TLPWHITE.pdf