Online can be a fun place to chat with people and meet new friends, read news, but it can also be a scary place. Whether you get into an argument with a stranger or they just happen to take offense to something that you have posted, you can become the victim very quickly. Trolling can quickly turn from insults on social media to that person sending you hate email. Here are some of the things that you can do to stay safe from an Internet troll that seems to be starting to wage a smear campaign against you:
Make All Your Social Media Accounts Private
If a troll fixates on you and you block their user handle they will probably just keep making new fake accounts. The first thing that you should do if you’re worried that a troll is crossing the line is to make all of your accounts private. That way even if they make fake accounts they won’t be able to contact you or anyone you know. You could try using a Kiwi Searches to find out who the troll really is.
Take screenshots and print everything that the troll says to you and about you. Make both a hard copy and a digital copy in case you need proof later on. They may try to delete their statements later on and say that they never attacked you online. Having hard copy printouts with a date stamp and a digital copy of all their statements about you will give you what you need to prove that they did try and attack you. Try to limit the amount of arguments you engage in online as well.
Never Post Your Private Information
Make sure that all of your social media accounts have tight privacy controls and make sure that you never post your private information. Also, make sure that your location settings and tags are turned off for social media posts. Avoid checking in at local places. This makes people looking for information about you will not be able to find out where you live.
Tell Someone What Is Going On
You may not have evidence at first to get the authorities involved but it could be important. Especially later on to establish a timeline of the harassment. Send texts or emails to friends and family telling them in detail what is going on. This will help that you have a provable record of when the harassment started.