As the digital world grows stronger each passing year, making sure your data is protected both online and offline requires much attention.
Since there are always ongoing developments being made to improve the way users interact online, there are people educated enough who can abuse technology for the purposes of identity theft and other forms of cyberattacks.
In order to best protect your online reputation in this day and age, we must remain proactive when it comes to what Google says about you.
1) Encryption Technologies
Your website hosting provider and any other tools that you use to construct and optimize your company website should work in harmony with each other.
Therefore, this works to effectively stay on top of the latest in encryption technologies.
The last thing you want is for users to suffer as a result. For this reason, make sure that it doesn’t affect usability, but at the same time be aware of what you have newly implemented in case things turn south from a reputational stance.
2) Preapproved Content & Publications
Specific documents and reports should not be released to the public (i.e. expunged court cases).
So make certain that you have created content control standards in order to better control who sees what type of content you publish online.
As far as other content you publish, make sure that you trust the audience who will see it, the last thing you want is to promote is less than flattering content or business on a platform full of disgruntled customers (or even worse, online trolls).
3) Sharing Personal Information
It is imperative that you never ever bestow your personal information on any non-secure websites online. Social security numbers, passwords, and other personally identifiable information should be off-limits.
Here at NetReputation our team of knowledgable reputation analysis scours the internet in search of any negative mentioned or leaks of your personal data.
4) Online Convenience & Accessibility
Your login passwords on the internet are still one of the strongest tools you have in the fight against cyberthieves,.hackers, and other online criminals (i.e. online doxxing).
For this reason, it is imperative that you make any and all login credentials specific to that website. Meaning do not use the same login information on Facebook or you would or Twitter.
By using different variations you make it nearly impossible for other individuals to gain access.
Again, we cannot stress this enough, it is extremely advised that you use a different password for all of your online profiles and accounts. You can record these passwords in a notebook.
DO NOT make a Google Doc with a list of passwords.
In America, most online cybercrimes go unnoticed. Make sure you conduct monthly audits on all of your controlled digital assets is you can better manage your online reputation around the clock. Don’t wait until something negative appears online before you decide to take action.
The general rule of thumb online is that if you wouldn’t show your friends this information, let alone your mother, don’t share it online. No matter how easy it is.
Remaining alert is as manageable as being organized. Once you’re organized online and know where your information is located, it is a lot easier to stop thieves.