We live in a society that revolves around the internet, social media and databases that can serve as an information portal to the general public. Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to digital attacks from malicious people who can use public data or fabricated information to ruin your online reputation. In these circumstances, it is necessary to take action to ensure that your integrity, job, company, school and relationships are not in jeopardy. The best remedy is to fight fire with fire, which translates into using effective digital solutions to remedy the propagation of negative information.
The company that is leading the charge in helping digital attack victims maintain a good reputation on the internet is Status Labs. Status Labs is a professional technology company that assists corporations and people who have been a victim of slander and doxxing. When someone is doxxed, that means that their personal information such as their first and last name, telephone number and home address is displayed online without their consent.
Status Labs assists consumers, politicians, corporate leaders and prominent individuals with resolving a digital attack. Status Labs has a great reputation for helping its clients regain a positive image on the internet by using aggressive PR campaigns and advanced technology strategies to counteract doxxing, slander and the spread of negative information. The president of Status Labs, Darius Fisher, offers a few tips to help consumers prevent negative information from floating around on the internet. Here are five recommendations from Fisher to ensure that you maintain good digital hygiene:
The first recommendation is to google your name to see what pops up. Fisher strongly recommends to search your name while you are logged out of your personal email and social media accounts, such as Facebook, Gmail or Yahoo.
The second recommendation is to thoroughly explore the first five pages that appear when you google your name. You should search for pictures, social media posts, reviews and articles that are negative. You should delete any forgotten social media posts and you should change your social media accounts to private.
The third recommendation is to create and publish positive information about yourself or your company. This can be accomplished in many ways, such as posting positive blog articles, reviews, social media posts and press releases. It is also recommended to create a positive website about yourself by using your first and last name as the domain name; for example: www.janedoe.com. Users should also create social media accounts, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and Instagram. All of your social media accounts should be routinely maintained and updated with fresh content and positive posts.
The fourth recommendation is to investigate online data broker sites that display personal information from various sources, such as public records, social media accounts and corporate records. Examples of data broker sites include Intelius, PeopleSmart, Whitepages, Spokeo and more. By law, online data broker sites must give users the choice to opt-out; however, these sites can re-post your information after a specified period of time has passed. Users should be vigilant and routinely explore data broker sites to resubmit opt-out requests just in case their personal information has been re-posted.
The final recommendation from Fisher is to be proactive. Essentially, users should avoid posting any negative information, posts or videos about themselves. If negative information already exists online, you can contact the website that is displaying your information and ask them to remove it. If they do not comply, you should research your state’s internet laws, such as revenge porn laws, and then explore your legal options.