The Google Yourself Challenge [INFOGRAPHIC]

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They call it “ego surfing” – when you sit down in front of the computer, go to Google (or whatever search engine you prefer), and find out what information there is about you online. I do it quite often – not out of a sense of egotism – but out of a desire to control my online presence and to make sure that I am presented in the best possible light if anyone searches for me. Along the way, I’ve discovered that my name is shared by an Australian rugby player and a Scottish museum director, who regularly shove me out of the way in Google Alerts.

But there is another very good reason for “Googling” yourself – to find out if any private and sensitive information about yourself and / or your family has ended up online somehow.  Maybe you accidently changed your Facebook privacy settings and your mobile phone number is now public? Or maybe a disgruntled former friend or colleague is bad mouthing you online?  Both of these scenarios have happened to me in the past and speaking from those experiences, I can assure you that these are things you need to be aware about right away so you can do something about it.  At the very least, too much information about you online can lead to a serious risk of your identity being stolen.

Our infographic today is on this very subject. After looking it over, let us know your thoughts on the subject, and then do yourself a favour this weekend.  Google yourself and make sure that we are not finding things out about yourself that shouldn’t be found out.  Remember, what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet – for a very long time.

Infographic Source: www.backgroundcheck.org
Image Source: Betobeto

Comments (29)
  • Lamees Al Shareef

    Thanks, i found out i hv a social account that i forgot abt (canceled nw).

  • Igor Rizvi?

    Found an athlete,a dj ,and some science dude with my same name and surname XD

  • Kurt Decker

    I always knew anytime that you went online that you left a web print in the sand. I never realized that some many people were paying that much attention to it.

  • Donna Shaw

    All I found were my Amazon reviews. I didn’t even see the website I created for my students LOL

  • Becky Bowman

    My sister-in-law and I have the same name and, unfortunately, she doesn’t pay her bills. I have stopped answering my phone because I’m getting HER collection calls. When I Googled myself part of her information was under my name and I’ve yet to figure out how to get it to go away.

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