What To Do Now

When you find yourself the target of a Social Information Attack, you may have under an hour before investigators, journalists, and social media attackers descend upon you. 

Both genuine adversaries and amoral opportunists are likely to come out of the woodwork as the situation drags on. A target is likely to be pressured by many – including their family, lawyers, and public relations experts – to act immediately and think later.

Bainbridge Strategies is different. We’re here for the long haul, and our reputation is tied to yours. Before you call us for a consultation, protect yourself:

1. No Public Comments

This includes talking to reporters, social media posts, press releases, written or recorded statements, or any other public pronouncements. The right message is much more important than a fast message. In fact, your adversaries likely are anticipating a boiler plate statement or apology. Have your strategy in place before you make your case: you’ll never get a second chance to make an opening statement.

2. Change Passwords

Change your important passwords (computers, email, banking, social media, etc.) Do this for personal accounts and work accounts. If you believe your family might be a target, have them do the same.

3. Freeze Social Media Accounts

First, log in to each of your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) and set each to the strictest privacy settings. Then, disable or lock each social media account.

4. Monitor Credit & Bank Accounts

Set up monitoring on all credit card and bank accounts. Consider freezing them if you suspect their security could be compromised for any reason. To be on the safe side, act as if the adversary already has your Personally Identifiable Information (PII).