Cleaning Up Your Web Presence

Google Removal Policies — https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2744324

How to remove items frim google search — https://support.google.com/websearch/troubleshooter/3111061

Go Through Online Photos

If you have photos or photo albums online, now is the time to update them. Back up old photos and delete the unflattering ones that don’t portray a positive image of you. Untag yourself or ask people to take down images that you wouldn’t want a potential boss to see.

Update Your Online Relationships

Go through your friends/followers/connections list(s) and decide who you actually want to be viewing your profile and news feed. Delete people that you don’t actually know or that are not your friends in real life.

Clean Up Your Google Presence

If you have found unfavorable images, social media posts or other press about you in Google’s top search results, make sure that you remove or delete them. Contact web administrators if the content is on a website you cannot control and ask that it be removed. You can also clean up your Google presence by creating new content that reflects who you are in a positive manner. This includes creating a personal website and writing social media bios and blog posts that show what your interests are professionally.

Organize Your Web Browsers

You may not realize it, but your web browsers can get messy. Clean them out by deleting add-ons and old temp files. Add-ons can be great, but too many can slow things down and some may potentially expose your personal information. Clear the history, cache, and cookies to remove information websites may have stored on your computer.

Review Privacy and Security Policies

Privacy settings and policies change often so it is a good idea to go through your social media accounts and check whether your account is private or not. It is up to you how you want your information displayed online. However, limiting who can see what you post online can keep your profile and content out of search engine results. Be sure to also check the permissions and privacy settings of apps on your mobile devices.

Nameplate website

  • Get a nameplate site (or several) that accurately reflects who you are.

Almost anyone can benefit from an About.me, Flavors.me, or Vizify account, but students may want to try Seelio because you can upload videos and projects that show off your skills even if you don’t have a resume to speak of. Business owners with projects can use Sidengo because their template pages feature things like contact pages, maps, and document downloads for things like forms and menus. They’re all free, and do a great job of linking visitors to networks you already use while conveying useful information.

My favorite…

Web Alerts

Web alerts is a online service that sends email notifications of items that you want to track on the internet.

My favorite are the following:

Google Alerts — https://www.google.com/alerts

TalkWalkerAlerts — www.talkwalker.com/alerts

Here is a screenshot of my talkwalker account for tracking my name and other family names:

I get notified whenever the following names appear online so you can make sure that no one is attempting to steal your identity.

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