Identity Protection & Reputation Management

Since its introduction to the public, the Internet has brought us a great deal of convenience, allowing us to find a wealth of information we wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Unfortunately, other Internet users also have easy access to the same levels of information and sometimes it pertains to us. The rapid pace at which technology and information availability has grown has made it easier for Internet identity theft and cyber bullying to occur.

Nowadays, it’s important to protect yourself, your reputation and your privacy on the Internet just as you would in the real world. According to Reputation.com, Kerry Harvey, a 23 year old sales executive, fell victim to identity theft and had her reputation ruined when someone stole her personal information from her Facebook account and set up a new account, promoting Harvey as a prostitute. Although the fake Facebook account was eventually deleted, the identity thief was never caught and Harvey’s life and reputation were both adversely affected for years after the incident occurred.

Internet monitoring is a proactive practice every user should employ to keep track of information posted about on the Internet. A proactive approach can help you avoid the presence of potentially damaging information on the worldwide web where it can affect the rest of your life. This type of careful proactivity can protect your online reputation and safeguard your identity, job status and personal reputation if you incorporate some of the following common sense practices.

  • Find and Alert You to Posts About Yourself. It’s one thing if you voluntarily post information about yourself on social media venues such as Facebook. But if you discover someone else is posting about you, especially in a negative light, it can be alarming, hurtful or even scary. Some of the people who create these harmful or negative posts are cyber bullies. The ability to find these types of posts can help you act to deter a cyberbully from continuing this behavior. Google Alerts can send you notifications of posts and responses as they occur so you have the opportunity to act fast when something potentially damaging is posted.
  • Find Personal Info Exposed on Internet. We all enter personal information on the Internet. If you bank, shop or conduct business online, chances are you’ve set up a personal profile that contains various pieces of personal data. Proper protection can prevent identity theft by protecting your passwords from being swiped via the Internet or cellphones. According to Science Daily, anti-virus, anti-adware and anti-spyware programs offer comprehensive protection that provides a triple threat against identity thieves. Programs such as McAfee and Avira protect you from self-installing software that can glean your passwords, as well as information about your computer use.
  • Clean Up Damage to Your Reputation. The ability to clean up your online reputation can have a great impact on your career, personal life and family life. If the damage is extensive and impactful on your career, litigation can be effective in having slanderous material removed. AutoBodyNews.com encourages businesses whose success has been affected by false information posted on the internet to counteract it by building up their reputations with positive information on their website or blog.

The wrong information in the wrong hands can prevent you from being hired, cause you to be fired from your job or harm your reputation at home or in school. The ability to be proactive is critical to ensure that your reputation and image are safeguarded in a way that allows you to progress through life without having to lose days, weeks or months trying to undo the mess created by damaging or personal information on the Internet. Practice common sense when posting on the Internet and use these suggestions to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft or damaged reputation.

Cheating and Getting Caught Via Cellphones – You Will Get Caught !

Years ago, if you suspected your partner of cheating, a private investigator was your best option for gathering evidence. Although private investigators are still an effective option, many people are taking advantage of technological advancements to catch and prove their partners’ infidelities. That handy smartphone used to store your pertinent information and keep in contact with friends and family has another use that’s gaining in popularity– provider of proof that you’ve been cheating.

Smartphones are making an increasing number of appearances in family law courtrooms during divorce proceedings and are being introduced as evidence, relays The Bend Bulletin, an Oregon newspaper.  In the past three years, it’s become more commonplace for call and search histories, text messages and emails from smartphones to be used against the smartphone’s owner. According to a survey conducted by online dating website Sugardaddie.com, more than 58% of people caught cheating on their spouses stated that pictures and other information on their cellphones led to them being found out. Anyone foolish enough to cheat can be found out with the following cellphone components, apps or software:

  • Text Messaging. A survey of more than 800 attorneys from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that 92 percent have seen a rise in evidence being gleaned from smartphones. Text messaging is the top source of incriminating evidence that points to cheating and other issues relevant in divorce court. Sent, received and saved text messages can all be used to prove cheating.
  • Email Storage. Backing up your cellphone data to iCloud or another smartphone storage program is a good idea. But if emails or other incriminating documents are included in the storage they can make their way into the courtroom as evidence.
  • GPS Locater Apps. This smartphone app is often used by parents who want to keep track of their kids and it’s handy when you’re trying to locate a lost or stolen cellphone. But GPS locator apps can also let your spouse or partner know where you’re at, leading to big trouble if you’re somewhere you shouldn’t be.
  • Call and Search Histories. A smart cellphone user will erase his or her call history to remove potential evidence, but might not think to do the same with their search history. Search histories can reveal anything, ranging from information on the person you’re cheating with, places you’ve taken them and even more obvious searches such as “how to cheat on your spouse”.
  • Cellphone Spy Software. In addition to GPS locator apps, there are many types of spy software programs for cellphones that allow you to listen in on your partner’s conversations, track them through GPS and read emails or texts. Software programs such as Cell Phone Spy and MobiStealth provide you with information regarding your partner’s activities without him or her even knowing the program has been installed on their cellphone.

There’s an old adage that says “cheaters never prosper” and today’s technology makes this statement truer than ever. No matter how careful a cheater might try to be, it’s likely there’s evidence to be found somewhere within his or her cellphone. While it’s smart to make sure you don’t keep incriminating evidence on your cellphone, the smartest choice is not to cheat at all as you will indeed, be caught!