When information you consider to be private is published or broadcasted online. Often accompanied with invitations to contact you in an unwanted or threatening manner.

  • Your personal information (phone number, social security number, address, etc) is shared on a webpage, social media, video, or tv interview
  • Your personal information is posted along with invitations to contact and/or harass you
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First, make sure you:

  • Secure your physical safety
    -Consider: Call 911, move location if feel unsafe, tell a friend
  • Turn off location sharing and tracking
  • Save properly before deleting posts and communication
  • Consider telling someone you trust for help

Then, choose what to do:

Create an incident log and narrative of what happened

Complete a threat assessment

Choose if / how to respond to abuser and/or publicly

File for evidence preservation request first, if you plan to take legal action- here’s how

Avoid doxxing the abuser in response


Consider doing the following:

Remove post

Secure your accounts (e.g. email, social media, financial) to prevent access
-- List accounts you use most/ that contain most sensitive information
-- Enable 2FA, secure passwords, and password manager

Tell anyone else impacted
-- Consider: Partner, friends, colleagues, employer, neighbors

Document ongoing communication and/or posts in incident log
-- Include case number, reports, platform responses

  • If at any point you feel there’s an imminent threat, contact police or FBI

  • If you don’t know who posted your information, you can:
    -- Consider enlisting help of platform / police, friend, cyberforensics or private investigator resource

  • If you know the person who posted your information, you can:
    -- File a restraining order
    -- Take steps with legal resource or attorney, including cease and desist letter

  • To take proactive steps, you can:
    -- Manage or block communication with harasser(s)
    -- Monitor mentions and coordination among harasser(s)
    -- Take digital security, privacy, and physical safety precautions
    -- Manage what information is available about you online
    -- Seek emotional support and wellbeing
    -- Take break from social media / devices or have others manage

Check Out

“Preventing Doxxing” from Crash Override Network
“So You’ve Been Doxxed: A Guide to Best Practices” from Crash Override Network
“So What the Hell is Doxxing?” by Decca Muldowney, ProPublica
“I’ve Been Doxxed, Now What? Actions to Consider in the first 24 hours” by Elizabeth Lee, Founder & CEO of OnlineSOS