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More tips

  • Create strong, complex and unique passwords for all your accounts.
  • Consider using a password manager for creating and storing passwords so you can use many different passwords on different sites and services without having to memorize them.
  • Activate two-factor authentication (2FA) for your most important accounts. 2FA offers greater account security by requiring to use more than one method to log into your accounts. This means that even if someone were to get hold of your primary password, they could not access your account unless they also had your mobile phone or another secondary means of authentication.
  • Verify your profiles in social networking platforms. Some platforms offer a feature for verifying your identity and linking it to your account.
  • Map your online presence. Self-doxing consists in exploring open source intelligence on oneself to prevent malicious actors from finding and using this information for impersonating you.
  • Set up Google alerts. You can get emails when new results for a topic show up in Google Search. For example, you can get information about mentions of your name or your organization/collective name.
  • Capture your web page as it appears now for use as evidence in the future. If your website allows crawlers, you can use the Wayback Machine, offered by archive.org. Visit the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, enter your website's name in the field under the "Save Page Now" header, and click on the "Save Page Now" button.