As an internet-savvy woman, you probably know how trolling starts: Someone decides to take your tweet or status and turn it against you. They attack your post, send graphic and violent threats, and pull others into their mob. The effect is, at best, chilling.
That's why many victims decide to retreat from online spaces, either deleting or protecting their social media accounts. But that's where they go wrong, according to Michelle Ferrier, the founder of TrollBusters.
"You automatically just think about getting offline, without thinking that you’re already exposed," Ferrier told Revelist. "Third-party data about your address, from property records to voting records, is public information." And that means once you've been trolled, you're already at risk.