What’s in a name? The answer is a lot. In the age of technology it is smart to Google yourself every now and then just to make sure there is nothing up that shouldn’t be. Schools, employers, and even random people (such as pervs, potential dates, or soon to be in-laws) can Google you to find out anything they possibly can.
Every site has privacy settings, but those who have access to your accounts can do whatever they wish with your information. There is a video that shows a man who befriends teens on Facebook what all he finds with their account info… 6 Clicks Video. It is a little goofy and played out, but the information is good!
I googled myself just to see what others can see. I used all combinations of my name. “Courtney Haywood” came up with a bunch of others with the same name, and with more searching through these the only place I found myself was Google Images. There are 2 photos, both of which were my Twitter profile pictures.
When I searched my maiden name it came up with a few pics from my high schools speech, and journalism teams. Nothing too exciting. I did a combination of both names and using my middle name, and only came up with my Facebook link (where I have Privacy set to high) and 2 reviews for my hair salon and gym.
I was curious about my Twitter tag, so after I searched it I did get the link to that, but also all of my blog posts from school. So, I would argue I am mostly boring, and secure with what I allow on the internet! Everything I post for school is appropriate, and you have to have my Twitter tag to find it.
As I mentioned above anything you post to your sites, even with privacy on, allows those who are friends to use any of it. You can go on Facebook and save pictures of people online. You can also sometimes see your friends-friends updates. Depending on what they are sharing it could be detrimental to them later on.
I am pretty lucky to have been taught to be safe online, and not post anything I wouldn’t want out there. I honestly don’t worry about what my employer or anyone else will see when they look me up! I do have a digital footprint, but it is as I said before very tame, and besides Facebook the only reason I have images, and anything else is due to school. I’d call that a success!