SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Online reputation experts JW Maxx Solutions say that protecting your online presence is a requirement for anyone looking to advance or maintain his career. Judgment is an important part of any position, and most employers will expect individuals to show similar judgment in protecting a company's or organization's reputation as they do their own.
For this reason, websites, e-mail addresses, social networking accounts, and other information under the control of the individual in question should at least have privacy settings adjusted to attempt to prevent employers from gaining access to potentially embarrassing information. Ideally, though, such information should be scrubbed entirely to the greatest extent possible just in case websites and/or social networks change their privacy settings.
Protecting your online presence may seem inconvenient and an unfortunate consequence of the erosion of privacy, but that does not make it any less important. Another step that career-oriented individuals should take is speaking with friends individually to ask that certain photos not be taken, or at least that they not be tagged in them. Only the most cautious individuals need to consider completely reorienting their lives around the modern realities of a lack of privacy, but all need to be aware of the dangers that it presents. Individuals can easily ruin their careers by acting in public as they would among friends.
While these two steps are important and necessary, there are more fundamental things that career –minded individuals need to know about protecting your online privacy. Avoiding public computers or those that belong to others can help limit the possibility of others gaining access to private accounts. If using computers that do not belong to them is necessary, people need to use caution not to check boxes that keep them signed into the accounts. Further, they should always be sure to sign out of accounts rather than just closing windows, as some websites leave them signed in if they do not explicitly sign out.
Failure to do so can result in identity theft or, potentially worse, an individual whom that person does not know posting unwelcome and potentially embarrassing information to the account. Deleting downloaded photos and then removing them from the recycle bin on public computers should also become second nature. Finally, as with businesses, people should change their passwords regularly and use different passwords for different sites. This at least limits the damage if an individual account is compromised.
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