Hello everyone! My name is Simba and I am the leader of FurryValley: a friendly, warm, and welcoming online community for the Furry Fandom and furry-friendlyindividuals.
There is, however, nothing furry specificin this video.
Please do ensure that all those you care aboutsee this and take the required steps to ensure their personal security.
I’m making this video to give you informationon how to keep yourself safe and secure against an activity known as “doxxing”.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “doxxing”as a slang term meaning “to publicly identify or publish private information about someone.
To give a more concrete example, perhaps youplayed a game of League of Legends against a particularly toxic individual.
In response to your victory, they look upyour information and send it to your online friends! You may think that this is not something thatpeople would actually do, but the unfortunate reality that we live in is that there legitimatelyare a number of sad and deranged individuals who, through a complete lack of social capabilityand overall poor character, actually try to attack people in this way.
The rest of this video will be split intotwo sections, the first provides precise, practical instructions and clear demonstrationson how to secure your information on several sites and services, particularly those mostfrequented by gamers and furries.
The demonstrations provided are on a computerrather than on a mobile device, but equivalent settings exist on mobile.
All relevant links are provided in the videodescription.
The second part of this video provides somegeneral advice to enhance and sustain your security.
Timestamps are provided in the video descriptionto allow you to move around in this video to the various platforms and to the generaladvice.
First, we shall cover FaceBook.
If you have an old FaceBook that you do notuse or do not care about keeping your FaceBook account, the best way to fix your privacyis to deactivate your account.
A link is provided in the video descriptionon how to do this.
If you do wish to keep your FaceBook active, we shall begin by going to your settings page, linked in the video description.
You may also find this via the triangle iconon the top-right of FaceBook and pressing on “settings.
” Once we are here, the important tabs are “privacy, “”timeline and tagging, ” “stories, ” and “location.
” I will show you now securing the privacy tab.
The other aforementioned tabs can be dealtwith analogously.
Your future posts should be seen by “friends”by default, rather than “public.
” Next, use the “limit past posts” feature toensure that any content that you have previously had displayed as “public” will now only bevisible to your friends.
Limit friend requests to “friends of friends.
” Only you should be able to see your friendslist.
Only you should be able to look up your profileusing your e-mail address.
And only you should be able to look up yourprofile using your phone number.
And search engines outside of Facebook shouldNOT be linking to your profile.
The other tabs, and I list them again: timelineand tagging, stories, location should be dealt with similarly.
Next, we move on to FaceBook’s “About” section.
To get here, go to your profile page and pressthe “About” tab.
Ideally, information on this page should bedeleted, as it can be amongst the most sensitive and most dangerous to be exposed.
If you absolutely must keep information onthis page, please ensure that the information is only visible to yourself.
Your online contacts do not need to know whereyou work, where you go to college, your mother’s name, your hometown, or any other significantpieces of personally identifying information.
Next, we move onto the “Friends” tab.
Press the manage button at the upper rightand click “edit privacy.
” Both of these settings should be set to “onlyme.
” Press the done button when you’re finished.
Next, we move onto the “Photos” tab.
FaceBook automatically makes all of your oldprofile pictures and cover photos public, so these should be deleted if you do not planto use them again.
To access these, press on the “Albums” tab.
We now show an example of one such image beingremoved.
Finally, press on “More, ” and then “ManageSections.
” I advice that you uncheck as many of theseas possible, as this information is displayed publicly otherwise.
Some sections, for example “Check Ins, ” arevital to disable, as they obviously give away your location.
However, some of the settings, for examplereviews, can be equally leaking of your personal information, because you may have, for example, reviewed a local restaurant in your town.
Press the save button when finished.
The next site that we move onto is LinkedIn.
Again, if you wish to deactivate your LinkedInaccount, a link is provided in the video description.
If you would rather not deactivate your LinkedInaccount, thankfully it is much easier to maintain our security than on Facebook.
Simply press on the “Me” button at the top, and go to “Settings and Privacy.
” These are the only settings you need to change.
Go through each of them thoroughly.
They are all quite intuitive, but for an examplewe show now how to make it so only you may see your connections.
Setting changes are saved to this page automatically.
Next we focus on making your Steam profileprivate.
First, log in on the steam website, presson the “Edit Profile” link under your display badge, and navigate to the “My Privacy Settings”tab.
Ensure that your profile is set to private.
While you are here, make sure that no identifyinginformation is on your profile, for example your name.
When you are done, press save.
Next, we focus on removing linked accounts.
First, looking at YouTube, some account linksto YouTube may need to be removed from the other platform, rather than YouTube itself.
To get to your connected accounts page, eitherpress the link provided in the description, or press on your icon at the top right, goto settings, and then the “Connected Accounts” tab.
We show an example of unlinking an accountfrom YouTube.
The final specific application that we considerin this video is Discord.
Many other have linked several accounts toour Discord, and removing these is wise to improve security.
To do this, press on the “User Settings” cog, and go to the “Connection” tabs.
It is easy to remove connections from here.
While you are here, make sure that you alsouncheck the “Automatically detect accounts from other platforms on this computer” option, so that your accounts are not reconnected without you realizing.
I’m going now to conclude with some generaladvice.
Never link accounts unless you have to.
When was the last time that you wanted toplay Overwatch with someone, and instead of simply asking them for their Battle.
net tag, you looked them up somewhere hoping to find their connected account and then added it? Nobody does this.
Many other sites, including Furaffinity, F-List, and online dating sites, simply ask you to list your accounts on other platforms.
Remove them: this is not necessary and constitutesa security risk.
Secondly, don’t use your offline life or businessemail for things that do not relate to your real life or work affairs.
Your online email address should not containpersonal information.
For example, “[email protected]
com” is notan acceptable username for anything not regarding your offline life.
Thirdly, use fake real names online.
Other than for things like financial transactions, you basically never should give anyone your actual real name.
Be creative; most of us hate our real names! Haven’t you ever wanted to be called BenedictCumberbatch? Fourthly, never have both online friends andreal life friends, colleagues, or family on the same platform.
The most unsavory people won’t simply tryto bother you, but may also ungraciously try to interfere with your family and your work.
You should protect yourself and protect thosewho matter to you in the offline world.
Fifthly, search yourself on Google.
Type in your online handles, type in youremail addresses, and see what you can find out about yourself.
If you find things you would NOT be comfortablewith an aggressive, hateful individual knowing, then take steps to remedy your security onthe particular platform upon which too much information is being exposed.
Sixthly and finally, tell everyone about thisvideo.
This is not fearmongering.
Sadly, there really are people on the internetwho, while the vast majority of us simply want to have a good time, choose to conductthemselves in this way.
Your security and the security of your friendsand your family matters greatly.
By following the simple steps in this videoand remaining cognizant so that you maintain basic security, you are unlike to fall fowlof such demented individuals.
I greatly appreciate you watching this videountil the end.
As a veteran of the internet and online communities, I feel saddened that this type of lockdown security is necessary.
But is IS necessary.
As soon as you are done watching this video, FIX YOUR SECURITY.
We live in a time in history where unparalleledadvances in technology enrich our lives, but we must be careful to protect ourselves andour loved ones from those who seek and wish to cause us harm.
Thank you for your time today.
Please, again, do share this video with ALLof those you hold dear, and if you found it helpful, consider liking and subscribing, or checking out some of our social media links in the video description.