You might think that a negative link here and there might not be all that bad for your good name or your business reputation. The problem is that these links tend to multiply quickly. Before you know it, negative information and reviews about you are prolific throughout the World Wide Web.
This negative information can cause you difficulties in many aspects of your life, including:
- Getting jobs.
- Making sales.
- Qualifying for loans.
- Renting apartments.
- Achieving college acceptance.
- Applying for scholarships.
The downside of neglecting to manage your reputation is far-reaching. Failing to do so can hurt you personally, financially, and more. That is why online reputation management is more important today than ever before.
One of the best things you can do is to remove personal information from data collection sites. These websites often sell your data by using misleading insinuations to encourage people to get the “dirt” on you.
Whether the people viewing these advertisements purchase the information or not, the insinuations have been made and those leave a lasting impact.
More importantly, people change and evolve over time. It’s unlikely that you still feel the same about every issue as you did 10 or 20 years ago. Unfortunately, the internet holds on to the things you said and did so long ago. Things that can be used against you today.
Removing this old, outdated, and no longer relevant information helps you protect your privacy today, allowing you to move forward.
Of course, there is a more important reason to protect your online privacy. That reason is the proliferation of identity theft as a crime today. There is so much information floating around about you on the internet that practically anyone can use it to find out what they need to steal your identity.
This includes things like the following:
- Getting your mother’s maiden name from social media.
- Learning where you went to high school or college.
- Using your GPS data to learn where you do your banking, your home address, and where you work.
- Learning where your children attend school via social media.
Protecting your privacy by learning how to remove personal information from the internet needs to be a top priority for you moving forward.
It’s not all about removing the negative information about you. It is also, and perhaps more importantly, about removing identifying information about you that people can and often do use to cause you harm.
So, how do you remove your personal information? One step at a time. Begin with your social media. Delete the accounts if possible and get rid of all the old information floating around. Then do a Google search of your name and see what comes up.
Go after sites you’re not in control of and ask them to remove your data. Of course, you might want to begin by bringing in a professional to do the heavy lifting for you. Removing your personal information can be a time-consuming process. A professional service saves you time and is well worth the investment.