Data privacy and your online reputation
Have you thought about what happens to the information you share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and other social media sites? You may think that what you post stays between you and your online friends, but are you sure?
For one, everyone can see what Facebook calls “public information.” This includes your name, profile picture and networks. If you haven’t set privacy settings, you should. You’re probably sharing even more information, and letting others freely share information about you, too.
It’s important that you start to create and maintain a professional online reputation. What you post today--your digital footprints--can live on the Internet for anyone to find, including future employers who are evaluating your candidacy. Not sure what information already exists on the Internet about you? A Google search for your name is a good way to check your online reputation. You may be surprised at what you and others can find.
Sure, be social, but be smart. Publicly share postings and photos that put you in a good light. Keep private what should be between you and your friends.