Have you or your company ever been doxxed? It’s one of the newer terms designating that some computer criminal can get into or has gotten into your personal and private information and hi-jacked it. Sometimes it appears to be for kicks abut many times it’s about extorting money from you. This comes into the scheme by an email many times, suggesting you transfer a certain amount of money to an account they will give you or they will post all the information they have stolen online. In many computer circles, it’s called ransomware. What can you do about this? There are actually many things you can do to lower your risk.
One of the most obvious things to do is to remove all personal information posted online. This seems simple enough but you may need some help. To check what’s already out there just Google your name or your company name and see what gets pulled up. What you don’t want to see is personal contact information like home address and personal phone numbers. Depending on how paranoid you are you might need some help from “Data Brokers.” These are companies like Acxiom, Experian, Epsilon, CoreLogic, and Datalogix that will sell your information to anyone who wants it. Haven’t you ever wondered where all the useless emails offering you the latest whatever come from? If you want or need to, you can get them to stop selling your info but it’s not free. You need to call each one and ask how the removal process works for each company. It’s also a good idea to make your website info private. If you don’t want all the information about you and your company public and available to everyone that wants to sell you something, privatize it. Another popular method of being invisible is to surf the web privately. There are several free programs available that will not allow cookies, trackers, or files to be placed on your computer that are used to track you for advertising or other purposes.
Another way to accomplish this is to hire a company to do it for you. Darius Fisher is the CEO of just such a company. The company is Status Labs and it is operating because of the simple fact that they know that some people and companies just don’t have the time to do this themselves. The company’s whole purpose in life is to fix your digital presence and if possible make you immune from attack by digital trolls.
Darius Fisher is the company’s CEO and Status Labs isn’t just any company, it is an online reputation management organization. Their sole purpose is to help their clients engage an audience with unique content that will help that client drive sales and acquire more customers. According to PRNewswire, Status Labs also offers individual solutions to fit each particular client. It’s not a one size fits all company.
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