Take Control of Your Digital Footprint
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Manage what information is held about you on the Internet and take control of your digital footprint. Find out what’s out there, then clean up the source data.
Google yourself – Search for yourself on the major search engines – Google, Bing and Yahoo.
- Switch your Internet browser to private browsing mode first. Search each search engine for your name, address and telephone number. Review the results especially images and videos.
Do a Facebook public search check-up.
- Run Facebook privacy checkup.
- See how other people see on your Facebook profile. Run the View As tool.
- Search for your on Facebook People Search see content is viewable outside Facebook. Switch your Internet browser to private browsing mode first.
Update your password security
- Protect yourself against data breaches by using strong passwords that are harder to decrypt.
- Use separate passwords for each social networking site.
Think before you post online
Why are you posting a particular image and video?
- Remember that content shared can be copied and re-used by the sharing audience.
Do you trust the social networking platform to protect this data?
- Add a watermark to images and videos if you’re worried about the intellectual property of media you wish to post online.
- Review the piracy settings of each social network. Some social networks have an implied licensing policy giving them royalty-free license to use and distribute your content within their network.
Review previous social media content.
- Review all your social network timelines. Delete anything inappropriate.
- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+.
- Don’t forget about your Pinterest boards.
- Restrict public access to sensitive social networking content.
- Review the Facebook best practice guide for assistance.
Review your email address.
- Have you got an inappropriate email address like firstname.lastname@example.org? Consider the inpact of sending an email to prospective employer with this type of address.
- Consider creating a new email address for professional communications.