Doxing: A New Threat to your Online Identity

Facebook, Twitter, Zillow, Amazon, Hulu all make our lives more interconnected and social. It’s fun to see who has ‘Liked’ your Facebook Status or who has ‘Retweeted’ your last Tweet. This willingness to share much of your waking day with your Friends and Fans exposes your personal information to many Internet Foes.

Piecing together someone’s identity across various Internet sites, social media channels, and public records is known as Doxing. Simply put doxing means “document tracing”. Doxing can easily be used to harass, threaten, steal, or stalk a person. The amount of information out there is just plain scary. I recently found my high school track records using a deep link search site called Give it whirl yourself and see what you find!