2021’s Hate Raids: Preventing, Responding, Understanding

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One of the worst trends of 2021 thus far has been an epidemic of hate raids taking place over streaming platforms like Twitch. The increasing prevalence of the unnecessary and obnoxious overtaking of social channels with hate-fueled rhetoric and messaging has been one of the most problematic issues for LGBTQ+ and minority streamers across Twitch … Read more

Mark Herring: Doxxed, Swatted, Dead. For A Twitter Handle

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When he selected “@Tennessee” as his Twitter handle in 2006, shortly after the launch of the new microblogging platform, Mark Herring was simply expressing his affinity for his home state and his beloved University of Tennessee Vols. He could never have imagined that more than a decade later, the innocently chosen username would lead to … Read more

What is Swatting? How To Avoid Malicious, Dangerous Raids

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You’re at home on the sofa, unwinding with Netflix and a beverage after a stressful workday, when you suddenly hear a loud banging on your front door. You peek at your front porch and are shocked to see a horde of law enforcement officers clad in riot gear, their weapons drawn. At first, you conclude … Read more

Avoiding Online Cyberstalking When Navigating The Internet

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With the amount of time we spend online—and the corresponding amount of personal data we make available on the internet—online stalking has become even more common than real-world stalking. Fortunately, the more you know about cyberstalking and how to prevent it, the less likely you’ll be to become a victim of online predators. Cyberstalking Defined … Read more