Computerworld has a rather excellent guide on Doxxing Defense, aka removing your personal info from data brokers.
Chuck Wendig has the first PSA. Note: much swearing.
What I think annoys me most of all about this whole debacle is the implication that nude photos are okay to steal.
A friend of mine who’s a geek and I were talking about Heartbleed a couple of days ago. Said friend has never been a coder, and thus never really spent a significant time looking at memory dumps, unlike us old school programmers who have (especially back when we were, um, trying to argue with copy protection on games we owned back in the 80s when apps were traditionally copy protected).
Today, I got one of the classic spammy kinds of comments with English words that don’t make sense when strung together.
I am this is on the list of a great deal important information in my situation.
One of these days, I’m going to get one with the words in the sentence alphabetized, and it’ll make me laugh.
However, what was different about this one is that it didn’t link to a spam domain.
Instead, it linked to a forum profile at an educational site (major university in this case), and that forum happened to show a user’s URL to everyone. The linked site was a spam site. The educational forum allows registration from anyone. (For obvious reasons, I’m not listing the link.)
So, just be aware when you get a comment on your blog, even if the linked site appears to be legitimate, it may be just spam-by-proxy.