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Google yourself and clean up your web presence

This is something we all take for granted, but we should make sure our web profiles are clean.

I know we don’t talk about it often, but it’s something you should really make sure is a regular part of your online life.

  • Google yourself and ask websites to remove any unauthorized information
  • Use separate email addresses. One each for private banking, personal, work and as a throwaway
  • Set your browsers to “Do not track” (I use Firefox and I checked the box for that under Security)
  • Remove your Google Search History to avoid letting it be publicly available information*
  • MyPermissions: Check to see which 3rd party sites are using your info & revoke access
  • Stop Facebook from tracking all your information constantly
  • Go through your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking profiles to clean them
  • Do not upload any personal documents online — they can be easily crawled & indexed forever

*Google can still collect info for themselves, privately, but it won’t be available publicly if you follow those instructions.

Source: LifeHacker – Your privacy sucks. Fix it.

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4 Comments

  1. Chinwe

    When you say online do you mean the cloud too?

    1. sherry@savespendsplurge.com

      Well, is the cloud private? Do you store things on the cloud as a file-sharing alternative? If so, not really.

      I am talking more about public information — Facebook, Linkedin, anything that is directly linked to you.

  2. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life

    YEP. I regularly Google myself to remove personal information from those awful public records scrapers. Hate them! There’s no earthly reason someone needs to be able to look up my name and find out my age, and the names of all my closest relatives, and their ages, and all the addresses I may have lived at. It’s starting to make me think a common name is better.

    1. sherry@savespendsplurge.com

      I hear you. Thinking of changing my name now LOL

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