The LGBTQ+ Guide to Online Safety

A recent survey of LGBTQ+ people revealed that 73% have been personally attacked and harassed online. This report offers a wealth of specific tactics and tools for staying safe.

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Recently, vpnMentor surveyed 695 LGBTQ+ people worldwide about their experiences online as they relate to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The results illuminated the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.  73% of all respondents reported that they have been personally attacked or harassed online. 

This online resource offers fairly comprehensive recommendations for safely using the internet.  Here is an outline of topics covered.

  • Introduction. Why the internet is so important to LGBTQ+ people | Cyberbulling is a near universal experience.
  • How to Block Cyberbullying.  Tips for blocking and silencing haters on social media and online forums.
  • How to Maintain Privacy. Using privacy features to minimize risk of blackmail, stalking, and outing.
  • Controlling Your Identity During and After Transition. Controlling and reestablishing your online identity.
  • Dating While Queer. Safety tips for online dating and texting | Safe dating apps | Tips to avoid getting hacked | Avoiding unwanted advances.
  • Navigating the Workplace While Queer. Use of Social Media | Combatting Harassment & Prejudice at Work.
  • Tips for Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth. Useful support organizations, blogs, and forums | Exploitation among LGBTQ+ Youth | Apps the underaged should not be using | Highly rated parental control programs
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