#trolls #privacy #twitter #Ifoundyou?
January 31, 2014 12:10 AM Subscribe
Long story short: an anonymous twitter user started harassing me. Twitter troll has no followers so I guess was made up for the purpose of harassing me and a friend. No biggie, I've blocked. Slightly perturbing however is that the troll referred to something I've only talked about in private. How could troll know this and how do I protect myself?
posted by mooza to Technology (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am very very private online, the only public profile is a professional website that links to a tumblr scrapbook and my twitter account, and my mefi account of course, which is pretty anonymous. Facebook and Instagram are completely private, which is where I do all my life talk freely.
It's all fairly innocuous, but the troll referred to my very specific and new hobby of spoon carving which I haven't mentioned anywhere in public, because let's face it, most people would find it boring (THEY'RE WRONG!) before they proceeded to tell me to fuck myself, among other things. I don't feel physically threatened in any way at all obviously, but I do find it a touch unsettling they found this out when I am meticulous about online privacy (or so I thought?).
Any suggestions about how they might have found this information and tips for how to check myself out online and more importantly, protect myself? Honestly at this point they either hacked something or googled the heck out of me but I really can't see it being the latter, given the privacy measures I take (also, all I've done is instagram one spoon carving pic - and that account is definitely private).
(I kind of find it hilarious that the supposedly secret bit of info about me I'm being vaguely threatened with is spoon whittling but it's unsettling nonetheless)