I get asked regularly how people can protect themselves online and I wanted to create a quick post to help people get started with the basics. There are a lot of really great guides and resources and this is in no way comprehensive, just a couple starting points for people who are overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn.
When faced with online harassment or abuse people are most concerned about their physical safety, and a good first step is to remove your personal information from data brokers. Here are two reputable paid services for folks who are worried about potentially being doxxed. If you can’t afford a paid service, you can do some of this work manually (see the guides below).
Delete Me (this link will get you 20% off with an affiliate code)
- Speak up and Stay Safe(r) is one I co-wrote a while ago; it’s a little out of date but still pretty comprehensive. At Games Hotline, we are working on updating and building something more current and interactive but until then this is a great place to start.
- Online SOS empowers people facing online harassment with action plans, guides, and checklists.
- C.O.A.C.H will help walk you through locking down your online identity step-by-step and give you direct links to tools and websites that will help you secure yourself.
DIRECT SUPPORT (USA based):
- The Games and Online Harassment Hotline: is a free, text message-based, confidential emotional support hotline. Text 23368 from anywhere in the USA to get started.
- Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Helpline: If you are a victim of nonconsensual pornography, recorded sexual assault, or sextortion and you reside in the United States, please call the CCRI Crisis Helpline at 844–878-CCRI (2274).