Take Control of Your Digital Footprint
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.