Thursday, March 28, 2024

4 Ways To Protect Yourself From Doxing and Cancel Culture

By Tim Gamble

(This is a rewritten and expanded version of an earlier article of mine.)

Doxing is a weapon that the Left uses to go after their opponents. Doxing is the act of exposing someone's personal information publicly in hopes of opening up that person and their family to massive amounts of harassment and intimidation. Some folks have even lost their job due to being doxed, and a few have even been driven to suicide. The doxer will expose the names of your spouse, children, grandchildren,  and employers, along with their addresses and telephone numbers. They have even been known to reveal the name and address of their victim's church and even their kids' schools. Doxing is a vicious attempt at intimidation and bullying. 

Cancel culture is another weapon of the Left. It is an attempt to get people they dislike or disagree with "canceled" from their lives. Among other things, Leftist activists will demand that employers fire their victim, that social media and Internet platforms ban them, that banks and financial institutions remove them as customers, and threaten their family, friends, and even churches in an attempt to get them to renounce that person. The idea is to isolate the victim as much as possible, and make life extremely difficult for them. 

How do you protect yourself from doxing and being canceled? 

1) Protect your personal information. Don't overshare on social media. Be especially aware of revealing personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, where you (or your spouse) works, where your kids go to school, where you bank, go to church, and so forth. Make sure your spouse and other family members know the importance of not oversharing on social media or elsewhere.

2) Build strong relationships. These bullies attack your relationships with people, employers, businesses, and so forth, so you need to build strong relationships that will endure. Who are your family, friends, fellow church members, employers, and others in your life? Are these people going to rally around you when the Left comes after you? Or will they give in, not wanting to deal with the pressure and bad publicity? Or worse, are they already woke and actually agree with those targeting you? Be especially careful of woke family members. We don't want to remove these people from our lives because they are family, but in truth they are untrustworthy when it comes to political and social divides. It is time - past time, actually - to take a hard look at who we do life with. Create your own tribe and build strong relationships. 

3) Avoid personal fights. What I mean by this is to avoid getting into arguments with individuals. State your opinions firmly, but politely. Don't get drawn into an extended fight, even if it is just "over the Internet." These SJW bullies are hateful, spiteful, often have mental problems, hold grudges, and have plenty of time on their hands to go after people they dislike. If someone wants to have a discussion, fine. But if they want to get into a drawn-out argument, or to engage in personal attacks, then it is better to simply disengage with them. 

4) Get a lawyer. If someone starts harassing you, your family, your employer, or others around you, make careful notes of the interactions, then get a lawyer involved quickly. You do not have to put up with any form of harassment, stalking, or threats. 

Remember, NEVER make a personal threat against someone. Not even if they do it first. Not even in jest. Be firm but polite in all your interactions. 
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