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How to prevent self-doxxing

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寮、 2022/08/09 — blog, technology, linux, bsd, internet

Update

The reason why I originally called this article “Artificial “laws” have a purpose, and barely anyone is making use of it” is because I originally planned on talking about how the so-called “laws” governments are pushing are only incentivizing people to resort to going underground.
Like how Luke Smith said he thanked the USSA government for incentivizing him to become a Monero hodler, because he would have otherwise spent it all long ago.

But then I went very offtopic, and became a topic on how to prevent self-doxxing instead.

Remember the whole insult “law” that got launched here in Japan?
Seems like it’s spreading pretty rapidly, because Airstrip One, and a couple more countries implemented this same “law” too shortly after.
If the world was filled with chads, these types of “laws” would have served as a wake up call, an opportunity to nuke every single online account that requires a dox, and explore the superior alternatives.
But unfortunately, we don’t live in a world of chads, we live in a world of pussies, or comfortists to keep it a bit more politically correct.

So what counts as a dox?

Pretty much everything that can be used to trace back to you is a dox.
This includes your real name, your selfies (or profile picture of your real face), your physical address, your company name, your (mobile) phone number, copy of your ID, your credit/debit card number, and to some extend your IP address and email address.

Real name

Should speak for itself.
Use a nickname instead, or a fake name if you need to have a first and last name.
Seriously, no webshop nor delivery dude will give a fuck about what your real name is, only Fakebook and Quora are this invasive!

Your photos

You can actually do a reverse search, and find out who you are.
Super effective if you happen to have a Fakebook or Quora profile, since these 2 soytes require your real name to be doxed for the entire world to see in order to use.
Just use an anime waifu as your profile picture.
And make sure you ALWAYS delete exiv information from your real life photo’s of your delicious bowl of ramen before you upload it to the internet.

On a good operating system like any Linux distribution (minus Android and ChromeOS) or BSD variant (minus iOS and macOS), you can easily install the “exiv2” package, it should be in every distro or variant’s repo’s.
Then in the command line:

exiv2 rm (FILENAME).jpg

Or *.jpg if you want to nuke glowdata from all your photo’s in that same directory in 1 go.

For those of you on WinDOS, macOS, Android, iOS, or ChromeOS, please refrain from posting photos online until you have access to a Linux or BSD computer with Exiv2 installed on it.
But then again, if you’re taking this article seriously, you shouldn’t be using any of these 5 proprietary shitware anyway.

Physical address

If you rent out, your name is going to be attached to that address.
If you bought your property and/or land, then it’s a matter of calling the government on your GlowPhone and demand a dox.
Let your packages get delivered to the nearest convenience store (or PO Box if you’re in the USSA, or some questionable pick up point if you’re in the Eww), again even Amazon doesn’t give a fuck where you let your stuff get delivered, as long as they get the money.

Company

If you run a company, I hope you have an anarcho-company (aka, one that’s NOT registered with any government), otherwise your personal information is public record.
Otherwise make sure your online persona NEVER gets linked to that company.

Phone number

Your phone number is no different from your national ID number (it’s called differently in every single country), as it contains every single information on you.
This is exactly why I refuse to use Discucked, Telegram, Signal, LINE, and anything else that requires a phone number.

Copy of ID

The only reason why you’d want to use a disservice that requires an ID would be crypto exchanges.
Even then, you can easily mitigate that by using Bisq instead, and TradeOgre if you already have crypto.

Credit/debit card

Unless it’s a prepaid card, you can be doxxed using a credit or debit card, since they’re registered on your name and address.
Just use Monero like every single chad does.
Credit and debit cards are just for the slaves.

IP address

Most people would probably not have to worry about that one, because your IP is most likely dynamic (unless you paid extra for a static one).
At least, if you’re using IPv4 only, if you’re using IPv6 you might already be fucked.

But if you’re still worried, use Tor, and set up all your internet enabled software to go over Tor.
Article is in Japanese, but even without knowing any Japanese you could still follow along by reading the commands.

Email address

This is the nonest of non-issues you’d worry about.
The only worry would be if you’re stupid enough to use your real name as your email handle.
This used to be the easiest to mitigate, but then you get to face the fact that almost every single email provider nowadays requires at least some dox.
And if not a dox, then they’ll block you if you’re using Tor, or they’ll use Goolag reCAPTCHA, or some other bullshit that has nothing to do with email.

Alternative software

For every glowware there’s a superior free (as in freedom) alternative.
Instead of WinDOS, macOS, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS (and to some degree Ubuntu), you can run any Linux distro or BSD variant, my favorites being Artix Linux and OpenBSD.

Instead of LINE, WeChat, KokoaTalk, WhatsApp, Messenger, iMessenger, Discucked, Skype, Matrix, Telegram, Signal, and whatever more we have in current year, you can use XMPP, IRC, Mumble, and/or Tox.
Session and DeltaChat are perhaps decent options, but they’re both Electron crapps, so I’d rather jump into an active volcano instead.

Instead of SlaveCard or Pissa, there’s Monero or cash (not really software, but still).
Instead of smartphones there are real computers (again, not software, but will still liberate you).
Instead of MacBooks there are (older) ThinkPads, no really, you can easily use a 2008 ThinkPad with Linux on it as your daily driver in 2022!
Instead of WordPress, Wix, Amebo, and so on, there’s HTML and CSS (and static website generators if you plan on having lots of content).

Instead of Shitter, Fakebook, Instantkilograms, TikTok, Gab, Minds, Parler, GETTR, so-called “TRUTH” Soycial, GC2, Mixi, REEEEdit, JewTube, LBRY/Opussy, Bitchute, BrandNewTube, Rumble, and all the other big tech and alt tech overlords, there’s the Fediverse (Mastodon/Pleroma/Misskey/GNUSocial for microblogging, Friendica for macroblogging, PeerTube for videos, Pixelfed for photos, and so on), bonus points if you host them yourself too.

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