You might be surprised by the information that exists about you online.
Manage your online reputation with these tips from Riva Richmond, a technology writer who recently spoke about the topic on a New York Times podcast:
• Google yourself. You’ve probably already done a search to see what turns up. But try it with several search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo, and look beyond the “benign things in the first few pages,” says Richmond.
• Be conscious of what you’re sharing. For example, supplying Facebook with your full date of birth isn’t a good idea.
• To “kill” a widespread piece of information found about you online, you can try removing it yourself piece by piece. Services such as Reputation.com or Abine.com’s DeleteMe can help.