There have been a lot of issues with people getting hacked/doxxed/personal information released lately and I want to provide you guys with some techniques you can use to avoid these things happening. Unfortunately there are people out there that want to hurt us, sometimes just because we are in HDA, and those people are SCUM! If you are concerned for your safety, please speak to someone you trust as soon as possible (hi i can help you!!! :) ) otherwise, here are some techniques to avoid having your personal details accessed by losers, or if your details have already been accessed by losers, how to protect yourself further. Some of this advice might sound extreme and it may not apply to you, but if you are concerned or worried about your safety online I highly recommend following this advice!
Protect your socials!
Protecting your socials is REALLY important, chances are you have all your details on facebook for a start, let alone twitter, discord, instagram and sc. I recommend going through all your friends and followers and remove or block anyone who looks questionable, or even better, make a second facebook page that hides your last name/personal details and you can use for people you meet on the 'interwebz'. Hide all details unless your friends have added you and make your profiles private if you are concerned about randoms following you or targetting you.
Keep private details private
Don't disclose personal details to people online, does anyone know my last name? No, because that is personal and I don't want people I haven't met offline to know it. Does anyone know my address? No, because I don't want randoms showing up to my house :'). This is a personal preference that nobody should take personally I just don't want to share those details and if someone gets annoyed with me by not sharing those details chances are they want to do something with that information. If someone asks me my last name I'll give them a fake one or tell them it's none of their business. Protect your personal details like you would your bank account details.
Change your passwords!!!
Everyone already know your personal details? Change your passwords often. Protecting your accounts is paramount. Set up two factor authorisation, create an email nobody knows exists to sign up to websites that you can use to log in and use password
(Paid) VPNs are your BFF
Get a VPN and protect your location, I would highly recommend using a paid service, rather than a free one, as free versions can mine your data and use your internet connection for nasty things. Still, if you can't afford it a free VPN will still do the job but I would recommend turning it off or uninstalling it if you are doing things like internet banking or signing into your pornhub account.
Seperate yourself from the losers
Avoid those who wish to do you harm and trust your gut! If someone keeps harassing you for details like your facebook or wants your info, and won't take no for an answer, block them! You do not owe them any time or energy and if they are becoming too much to handle, talk to someone you trust to try and help deal with the situation. If it is someone in HDA please report them ASAP to a founder, nobody in HDA should be working to gather dirt or details on HDA members.
Ask for help if you need it!
If you are struggling with people harassing you or are worried about your personal safety online, in HDA, Habbo or our discord server, please contact a founder ASAP. I (vibrational) will be happy to help you protect your accounts/give you advice on how to deal with idiots. And if I have missed any other methods of keeping yourself safe online, leave a comment suggesting other method/s :)
Maddy is a member of HDA and is editor of this blog, there are many contributors on this blog, if you would like to be a contributor please contact me!
Edited by: Vibrational