If you have a few photo’s or tweets you would prefer to keep private, you need to get to work BEFORE people come looking for your past. While some things can never be fully erased from the web, most places that sore your personal information can be made private. Here are six tips to control your digital presence.
1. Search your name, your email, and your phone number (Goggle, Bing, Yahoo)
Be your own detective. Whether they are recruiters, hackers, or vengeful exes, it’s important for you to know what they’ll find by simply searching for you.
2. Erase your public data
You might appear in Google’s search results with companies you have never done business with, trying to sell your address, phone number, criminal convictions…, some of it may be harmless, but they might have more information about you than you might want available to the public. Maybe not embarrassing, but personal information should still be private. Contact those websites and have that information removed.
3. Audit your social media accounts
During your name search, you might come across old social media accounts, posts with funny insensitive, outdated jokes, or embarrassing blog posts in which you overshared too much of your personal life. But now you have grown up a bit, and want to leave that in the past. Dig up everything you’ve ever posted and evaluate it with fresh eyes. Delete it or set it to private.
Additionally if you need help you can contact The Cyber Helpline at thecyberhelpline.com