Social Media Addicted? – The Text You Take is the Life You Make

Social networks were once an extension of our everyday lives, something we used when we were bored and had some free time in our hands. Over time, socializing over the internet has taken over our lives, to the point where many people are now suffering from social network addiction and shunning real life relationships in favor of virtual ones.

A number of studies are now showing that our love for virtual socializing has become an addiction for many. Gadget-advice site Retrevo conducted a study in 2010 and found that 42 percent of people open their Facebook or check their Twitter account as soon as they wake up – sometimes before they even get out of bed. Probably more telling is the fact that 24 percent of people text message while in the bathroom and 32 percent would interrupt their restaurant meal just to answer a message. Begin by look at your own uses and think about how annoying it can be to others when you interrupt a conversation for a text message.  One of the best movie lines is from “The Devil Wears Prada” where her boyfriend says to Emily, “the person who’s call you take is the relationship you are in” when Emily takes a call from Miranda while in a conversation with him.  Also, if you’re text message is more important than the person you are with then they run your life because you don’t.

That need for virtual interaction has moved beyond social networking places. Social shopping is a new form of e-commerce that allows you to interact with virtual friends during the actual shopping experience.
Social shopping marketplaces such as Groupon act like a bazar of sorts, where you can get in touch with others who are buying or selling their wares, while shopping communities such as Kaboodle allow you to discuss products with fellow shoppers or ask for advice on an item you’re considering.

Social shopping apps such as Pose and Fashism are blurring the lines between social shopping and social networks. Pose allows you to take photos of your shopping experience (or the items you take home) and immediately upload them online, so you can get feedback from the virtual community.  Fashism is a similar app, although Pose has a “friends-only” setting option, while Fashism allows everybody in the network to see your posts. Part of the attraction of these sites relies on the fact that they allow you to “take a friend along” when you go shopping, even if it’s not a real one.

Experts believe people with low self-esteem problems or suffering from depression are more likely to become virtual addicts. Virtual lives don’t present the same level of challenge and risk than real-world connections, which is why many people decide to rely on them to find friendship and “conversation.”

Could you be a social media addict? Experts recommend looking out for these clues:

  • You spend more time online than interacting with real people
  • You cancel plans with your real-life friends in order to follow a Twitter chat or series of updates
  • You feel panicky if you’re on vacation somewhere and you can’t access your Facebook account regularly
  • How important is it to check for updates? In the Retrevo study, 19 percent of people admitted to checking their Twitter account in the middle of the night if they happened to wake up to use the bathroom, and 40 percent admitted to doing it while driving. If this sounds like something you would do, you might have an addiction problem.

As long as you use it in moderation and not as a replacement for real-life interaction and relationships, social media can improve and enrich your life. It’s only when it becomes an excuse to hide from the world that you should start to worry.

 

 

Paralegal Degree Study Using iFlipTips – iPad/iPhone App

In the midst of an unsteady job market and uncertain prospects for new graduates, a paralegal degree is one of the most valuable degrees you can study right now. The legal profession is growing and new minds are always needed in all areas of the industry. Whether you imagine yourself to be an attorney or work in the legal department of a private company, lots of career choices await graduates with a paralegal degree.

Because it’s one of the more attractive degrees you can study, the paralegal field is competitive. Therefore, you need to ensure you stay ahead of the game and can match or exceed your class peers when it comes to papers and exams. iFlipTips is a new app from TECHtionary that will help you achieve your potential. Using digital flash-cards, the app enables you to break down information into memorable, bite-sized pieces. Using the app will help improve your memory retention, speed up your learning and help you attain the grades you deserve.

About iFlipTips

iFlipTips is a superb app that contains three different methods for helping you study: iTipsIdeas, iFlipSlides and iFlipCards. Each of the three different types of cards can contain text, an image, an audio clip and a video clip.

iTipsIdeas cards are perfect for taking notes during classes, recording lectures and making initial study notes. Once you’re ready to test what you know, iFlipSlides helps you figure out which topics you remember, and where you still have gaps in your knowledge. These are question and answer flip cards, and you can create your own mock exam questions to test yourself, then ‘flip’ the card over to check you have the correct answer. Finally, iFlipSlides helps you create class presentations quickly and easily.

How iFlipTips can help you study

iFlipTips is designed to help you study smarter and therefore more efficiently. As well as encouraging you to break down complex topics into digestible information, the different formats each card can contain enable you to retain information in less time. Not everyone learns best through reading, so you can also use images, video clips and audio clips to help memorize facts and figures.

The app has a helpful calendar feature that helps you plan your studying. Using the calendar, you can map out exactly what you need to study by which date. Attach icons to each appointment so you know at a glance what you’re supposed to be doing. iFlipTips can send push notifications, so you can create a study plan in advance, and then your phone will remind you on the day which topics you’re supposed to be studying.

iFlipTips also comes with a useful folders system, which helps you organize your notes in a way that suits you. You can arrange your notes by date, topic, or according to which exam they’re likely to appear in, so that you can find them quickly and easily when you need to study.

For a stellar study app that will help you play a competitive field at the top of your game, iFlipTips is the study aid you need.

 

Bully Movie – Cyberbullying – The Darker Side of Social Networking

This is another view on cyberbulling by a guest blogger to get another set of eyes and views on this critical issue.

The internet, and particularly the rise of social networking, has helped people all over the globe connect. This increased ease of communication, however, has its dark side, demonstrated by the dramatic rise in instances of cyberbullying or cyber-bulling.

What is CyberBullying?

An unknown word until recently, cyberbullying describes harassment via a digital medium, such as a social network, email, chat board or even text message. Victims and perpetrators of cyberbulling are usually children or teenagers – once adults are involved, it becomes cyber-harassment.

Cyberbullying covers a huge spectrum of behavior, from ‘minor’ instances, that might involve a a few teasing text messages, to full-blown campaigns of humiliation and torment that have led teens to attempt or commit suicide. Cyberbullies might carry out all the bullying themselves, or they might enlist the help of others, who – knowingly or not – help them with their campaign.

How CyberBullying Affects Children

Cyberbullying has all the effects that in-person emotional bullying has on children. Arguably, these effects can be worse with cyber-bullying, as children often hide it from parents, teachers and friends through fear of humiliation, and because they’ve been threatened by the bullies. Cyberbullying is rarely just one message, email or text. Instead, bullying campaigns can go on for months, even years.

As the bullying is digital, it might also be anonymous, which can make it very difficult to find and stop the bully. Perpetrators have also been known to pose as other children, leaving them difficult to identify.

Several prominent cyber-bullying cases have made national headlines in recent years. In March 2012, a Maryland teenager left messages on social networking site Reddit, threatening to commit suicide if her school didn’t do something to stop her cyber-bully. In the same month, a student was convicted of a cyberbullying campaign that led to his roommate’s suicide in 2010.

How to Respond to Cyber-Bullies

Every cyberbullying case is different and will need to be treated differently. Cyberbullying victims should always keep a copy of messages they received, as this could be used as proof later. However, they shouldn’t respond to the bully, no matter what they say or do, and should try and block the bully from contacting them. Telling the victim’s school and potentially even taking legal action could cause the bully to stop. During and after bullying cases, it’s important that victims receive appropriate counseling to help them deal with the situation.

Where to Find Help

As agencies, communities and companies start to realize just how pervasive and damaging cyber-bullying is, more groups are coming together to raise awareness and encourage young people to take action to stop cyber-bullying. MTV recently teamed up with the phenomenally popular Angry Birds app, offering users the chance to unlock a hidden level in “Angry Birds in Space” if they spread the word about MTV’s anti-bullying campaign.

A cyberbully can have many different motivations for their behavior, and both victims and perpetrators of the bullying need help and support. If you or someone you know is affected by cyberbullying, or if you would like to learn more, the following resources offer support and advice:

Stop Bullying is a national resource that provides advice and guidance to everyone who might be affected by cyberbullying, including schools and parents, and also run a 24-hour hot line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

–  Stomp Out Bullying is a resource specifically for teenagers, raising awareness and running campaigns to try and stop bullying.

–  For parents, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center gives advice and information on how to support bullied children.

“Bully” the movie tracks five students who faced daily bullying, and has sparked The Bully Project, which offers information to students, parents and teachers.

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Creating a ChicsTech Plan for Getting & Staying Organized

Most people hate being organized but yet some people love making lists for things that have to be done.  Still others for whom the very idea of creating a to-do list is, you pick the adjective that fits. The fact is that there are many benefits of making, at least, some to-do lists. In essence, a to-do list is a list that lists all the things that you have to accomplish within time frame or rather deadline, not often referred to as a “hard stop.”  These action oriented time-dependent items can be easily ticked off the list when they are completed which ensures that you don’t forget to get something done and hopefully get it done.

A completed to-do list will give you the satisfaction of being on the top of your game and you will only feel more in control of your life. There are many other benefits of to-do lists.

Benefits of Writing it Down

These to-do lists allow you to concentrate your focus on a task that is both important and urgent. This way you and possibly others to prioritize everything that you or they need to accomplish and work the way through the list in a given time frame. Putting things down in writing helps people to prioritize as well as think clearly knowing that there is no aspect of planning that you have missed. This also helps you and your teammates or colleagues focus on a particular task that is high on your priority to-do list. When you already know what you have to accomplish on a given day or even week, it becomes easy to manage the time to actually get the task done.

Another benefit of writing down ideas to comprise a to-do list is that it frees your mind. It is very similar to a movie that impressed audiences in the summer of 2011 called X-Men: First Class. There is a scene in that movie when the character Erik Lehnsherr is talking to Raven or Mystique about the fact that she could reach her full capabilities if she stopped concentrating on being normal. He told her natural self was blue skin and she should accept that and not worry about blending in all of the time. By trying to blend in, she was wasting concentration power and by looking like a normal human was forcing her brain to utilize a section of it that could be devoted to harnessing her full strength and mental capacity.

Making a to-do-list also falls under the same concept.  It frees your mind. When you have the notion in your head in regards to a task that needs to be completed, just write it down. Compile a list or put in a calendar like iSportcal, CrossPinPoints or iREcal. Then you do not have to continue to remind yourself about it or think about it as the day or days go on. In addition, writing something down reinforces that idea into your mind anyway.

Finding Like Tasks

There may be come tasks that have certain similarities. For example, you may need to speak with one person to get two kinds of information or two stores that you need to visit for specific items but that are in close proximity to each other. You will be able to work out a better routine once you can see the likenesses between the tasks.

Be Calmer

In case you are still not convinced, to-do lists are known to decrease stress and anxiety. Writing it all down gives you a clear plan of how to make it happen which in turn, removes the ambiguity out of the situation. Not only are to-do lists a great boon to effective time management, they also help you with energy management. You can pace yourself through the day, depending on what needs to be accomplished so that you do not end up too tired at the end of the day or week. This sort of touches on what was mentioned before about allowing your mind to concentrate on the task at hand rather than focusing on something that needs to be completed at some point in the near future.

Using Technology

Creating to-do lists is one of the top principles and tips of functioning time management. You will be able to assign a set number of hours or even minutes in a day to obtain the biggest as well as the minutest things that should be tackled. Many people become bogged down by the whole paper-pen aspect of creating lists. With advances in technology, this is no longer the case. You can easily use our calendar/planner (click on banner), and/or your smartphone to create effective & poignant to-do lists that you can update and change while on the run and have you complete a task. After all, there is not any reason to keep a task around if you have already managed to complete it. So make that to-list or even better put it in a calendar and stop procrastinating.

7 Tips To Implement A Social Media And Blogging Strategy

Want To Be More Effective In Social Media? Use an Editorial Calendar

Whether you’re a small business owner or an individual who wants to jump into the social media fray but are worried you simply won’t know what to write about, — long term – use an editorial calendar as your guide. The implementation of an editorial calendar helps keep track of social media status updates, article marketing efforts and blogging. Consider your editorial calendar much the same as the kind newspaper and magazine editor’s use.

Knowing who your target audience is will be the first step in planning your editorial calendar. If you don’t know who you want to reach, you won’t be able to effectively put an editorial calendar in place or target your marketing efforts. Spend time determining who your ideal client/reader is then work on your calendar.

Here are steps to jump start your editorial calendar planning efforts:
1.     Is your business or hobby seasonal? Are you writing about topics that have seasonal slants for your readers? Will you be looking to offer information that correlates to the season for your potential clients?
2.    Plan your editorial calendar for a 12 month period – getting it all down on paper for a year will make the planning smoother and will help you from repeating information and will also keep your readers interested throughout the year with fresh content.
3.    Readers love information on holidays and special events – even obscure ones – so plan for them in your editorial calendar. Will you market to traditional holidays?  Here’s a source for national and obscure events. Choose one per month as a way to set yourself apart.
4.    How about promotions and giveaways? Will you have these? If so, plan them throughout the year to keep the readers interested and so you aren’t lumping all of your promotions in one area of the year and leaving the rest without any giveaways. Prepare for your promotions and giveaways and have your promotions and blog posts mirror those promos.
5.    Set up content categories for your website and blog platform – keep it to ten or fewer. Choose topics you’ll want to cover and write your content and build your editorial calendar toward those categories.
6.    Choose keywords that are relevant to your area of expertise. What are your business objectives or your areas of expertise for your social media platforms? Your efforts need to enhance your business objectives.  Your social media efforts should enhance your overall business plan. Keywords help you to get found on Google searches.
7.    Establish “evergreen” topics in your editorial calendar. Evergreen topics are those that are viable and recur on an annual (sometimes more) basis. The river in the picture is included to remind you that all news especially social media news is a stream that flows continuously and there are also lots of floods which you have to realize that your message may drown in the tsunami of other news.  Consider the glut of magazines that crowd the shelves at certain times of the year: “Top 10 weight loss tips,” or “Top Ten back to school ideas,” or “Top Ten ways to get published,” etc. These topics are pulled out annually because readers love to see them and magazine editors know that.

Social media is a great low-cost, sometimes no cost, way to find readers and followers and grow your business. A well thought out editorial calendar for your social media efforts will set you apart from the competition.

Teacher Training Using iFlipTips – iPhone/iPad App

Teacher training is a popular degree right now. Although the economic climate means that graduates are finding it hard to get work in other areas and industries, teachers are always in demand. Whether you want to study for a qualification like TESOL or TEFL and teach abroad, or you want to teach in a school at home, teacher training requires that you learn a lot of information, fast. TEFL courses can last a matter of weeks before you’re expected to be able to hold a class on your own, while home-based teacher training rarely lasts longer than one or two years.

Because the course duration is so short, you need to ensure that you can get to grips with the material quickly. That’s exactly where iFlipTips can help: it’s a revolutionary study app from TECHtionary that will change the way you learn. Not only will you be able to retain information quicker, but you’ll also improve your memory recall and streamline your study process.

How iFlipTips Works

iFlipTips increases the efficiency of your learning in several different ways. Firstly, its flashcard-based structure enables you to break down information into bite-sized pieces so your studying becomes more manageable.

Each card can contain text, an image, an audio clip and a video clip. Using these formats, you can learn what you need to know quicker. The iFlipTips developers recognize that not everyone learns most efficiently through reading, and that different students have different learning types. Using text, images, video clips and audio, you can discover the learning type that works best for you, and speed up your study process.

iFlipTips Digital Flashcards

When you study with iFlipTips, you’ll have access to three different types of digital flashcards: iTipsIdeas cards, iFlipCards and iFlipSlides. Each of these types of cards helps you learn in a slightly different way.

iTipsIdeas Cards are great for exam preparation. You can use them to make notes after classes and lectures, and when you’re just starting out with your studying.

Once you’ve transferred your study notes onto iTipsIdeas cards, you can use iFlipCards to test what you know. These are similar to question and answer flashcards, where you write the question on one side of the card and then the correct answer on the other side of the card. When testing yourself, view the question side of the card, write down what you think to be the correct answer, then “flip” the card over to reveal the true answer. This is a helpful way to reveal gaps in your knowledge before the real exam so you have time to fill them.

iFlipTips Extras

iFlipTips comes with several useful extra features that help you with your studying. You can organize your notes into folders so they are easily retrievable and you can re-access them quicker.

The app also comes with a built-in calendar so you can plan your studying. Each calendar appointment has its own icon so you can see at a glance whether you’re supposed to be studying for your exams, attending a class or handing in a paper on any given day. It will also send push reminders to your iPhone so you don’t have to worry about forgetting an important event.

With a range of useful tools that will change the way you study for good, try iFlipTips today and see how the app will revolutionize your learning.

College Tutoring & Business Coaching Idea Tracking Using iFlipTips – Q&A Tool, Organizer & Session Notetaker-Recorder

iFlipTips is a new study and training app for iPhone and iPad from TECHtionary. Useful for students, facilitators, and trainers, this app is invaluable for professionals in a coaching role. Not only can iFlipTips help you facilitate coaching sessions, but it can also help you record and organize client records, and send them notes of what you discussed afterwards.

Whether you’re engaged in business or life coaching, iFlipTips can help you prepare and record successful sessions. As a note-taking app, it allows you to create flashcards containing bite-sized pieces of information using different mediums.

The app is divided into two sections: iTips-Ideas Cards, which help you create training notes, and iFlipCards, which use a question and answer format. Each iTips-Ideas card or iFlipCard contains a box for text, an image, an audio recording and a video clip. Using different mediums, you can create notes for clients using a format that suits their learning style, and that they feel most comfortable with.

Some clients might prefer brief text notes covering only the most important points of the session, while others might prefer receiving audio or video recordings of key moments, or even the whole meeting. By sending them notes in different formats, you could help speed up their learning process, and increase the rate at which they retain information you discuss during their sessions.

iFlipTips’ folders system helps you organize your notes in a way that enables you to store and retrieve them efficiently. The folders are fully customizable, so you can create a filing system that suits your way of working. Potential methods of organizing your notes include using main folders as a calendar system, creating a separate folder for each week or month, then sub-folders for individual clients you will see within that time period. Ordering the folders in this way helps you organize session material in advance, and plan when you need to conduct mid-contract evaluations and reviews.

Alternatively, you can use the folders to organize notes and prompts structured around your methodology or framework. For example, if you use the GROW method, you could create a main folder for each separate session, with separate sub-folders containing prompts for each step of the framework detailed on individual iTips-Ideas cards. This can help remind you of useful questions at key moments in the session, and to stick to a boundaried framework. You could also consider organizing prompt cards by issue, creating separate folders for motivation, procrastination, indecisiveness, and so on, so you can reference relevant questions depending on what struggles your client raises during a session.

While iTips-Ideas cards can be helpful for making general notes about sessions, you can use iFlipCards to create questions and answers around key issues for your client. For example, you can prepare sets of questions before a session, then record the client’s responses during your meeting using brief text notes, or through the audio or video functions. This can be helpful discussion material during the session, and you can also share the notes and clips with the client via email afterwards, giving them material they can use for reflection in between sessions.

10 Twitter Pet Peeves – The Good, The Bad & Often Ugly

If you’ve been reading ChicsTech for a while, you remember the post we did on the Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Facebook. We talked about those Facebook users who post countless photos of their cat, gross details about what their eating or doing and posting 50 times a day in general. Unfortunately, some of these users are also getting Twitter accounts and their behavior on Twitter isn’t much better.

Granted, one of the greatest benefits to Twitter over Facebook is the 140 character limit but in addition to that, so many tweets are sent each day that tweets don’t stay in your “feed” for very long.

Even so, users are using and abusing the power of the tweet and we’ve compiled a list of our 10 biggest Twitter pet peeves. Do any of these apply to you? Step away from the computer, set down your phone and tweet with care and consideration.

  1. The excessive @ tweeter. This is the person who has an @ sign in every tweet. Frankly, they’re just hoping for a re-tweet from someone with more followers than them. Hate to tell them but tweeting @ celebrities all the time isn’t necessarily going to help you grow your following.
  2. The excessive retweeter. This is nearly the opposite of the first person as this person never creates original content. They just scour their feed and retweet anything they find interesting. What’s worse is that they never edit the tweet and add their own thoughts, they just retweet verbatim.
  3. The “read my blog” tweeter. We all want people to read our blogs. But tweeting only links to your posts isn’t a good policy.
  4. Too many abbreviations. Believe it or not, Oprah does this all the time. Her feed is full of u, r, 4, 2 and multiple other super strange abbreviations. Yeah, you only have 140 characters but plan your tweets accordingly.
  5. A moving avatar image. This is so weird. It’s way too small to actually tell what you’re doing so just use a .jpg and call it good.
  6. The complainer. When one tweet a day is a whine about something, you should probably not have a Twitter account. If you don’t have something interesting to tweet, don’t tweet anything at all.
  7. Pointless profanity. There is so much needless profanity on Twitter. Way more it seems than on Facebook. Keep it clean the majority of the time and respect other Twitter users.
  8.  No description of your account. At least say your first name in the short description of you on Twitter. While you don’t have to give away your street address, come on, tell people a little bit about what they can expect from your Twitter feed.
  9. The moocher. Some people tweet for the single purpose of trying to get companies to give them free things. This goes along a little bit with number 6, the complainer, but tweeting @ companies all the time hoping for something in return is obnoxious.
  10. The person who follows everyone. If you have 10 followers and are following 10,000, there might be a problem. Don’t follow everyone immediately after you join Twitter. Choose your follows carefully to keep some sort of balance between following and followers.

Some of you may have peeves on #hashtags, we don’t but open to your thoughts.  Just like with Facebook, be a respectful Twitter user. Of course, have fun with this social network but do unto others as you would want others to do unto you.  And since we’re talking Twitter, don’t forget to follow this blog @BeautyApps for more great information.

Gossip Ruining Your Business/Life – The Accelerated Velocity of Terminal Inexactitude

We all know that dull news travels like a snail mail and gossip faster than warp drive.  One of our favorite examples comes from the all-too-true movie Easy A starring Emma Stone.  Three times in the movie, the director shows us the speed of gossip which Emma calls The Accelerated Velocity of Terminal Inexactitude.   In this two part series we explore the “hit like a tornado” impact of bad gossip and next time we will explore how to create “buzz” to warp drive your message for maximum impact for the better.  Photo Courtesy Sony – click on image for movie.

Denise Lones, founder and owner of the successful real estate marketing group The Lones Group, was in the midst of building a successful business when she noticed a competitor was using a trademark that looked suspiciously similar to her zebra-themed trade dress. When she confronted the competing business about it, she found herself blindsided by the reaction. False accusations, a lawsuit and personal threats occurred in rapid fire succession, causing great personal stress and damage to her business’s reputation.

A successful business results from hard work and effective business-building techniques. One of the most important business-building techniques is a solid reputation. As you’ve worked on the growth of your business, no doubt, you’ve worked equally hard to establish a positive and solid reputation, too. A good reputation in the business community and with your customers requires effort, a focus on customer satisfaction and effective marketing campaigns.

When a disgruntled/dishonest former employee, an unhappy customer or a person who wants to sabotage your success starts spreading gossip and negativity about your business, it can quickly damage the reputation you’ve worked so hard to earn. According to Entrepreneur Magazine Online, technology can cause this type of damage to quickly increase as false information begins to dominate computer search engine results pertaining to your business. The sooner you put an end to gossip and begin working on repairing the damage caused by it, the more quickly you can regain your excellent reputation. Include these considerations in your plans as you clean up the damage and prevent it from progressing.

  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words. The Shady Maple Smorgasbord, a Mennonite-owned restaurant in Pennsylvania, was threatened by boycotts and loss of business when they were falsely accused of denying military members service in their restaurant. Even though Mennonites are known for their stance against military action, the Shady Maple was always happy to serve those fighting for our country. To counteract the damaging rumor, the owners offered a 25 percent Veteran’s Day discount to active military members as well as veterans. Their positive action worked. More than 17,000 customers dined at the restaurant over a two-day period, showing that actions have incredible power to dispel falsehoods.
  • Counteract With Positivity. Use your business’s blog, email newsletters and social media venues to spread positive reviews and feedback from customers, vendors and employees. The more you can do to build your positive image, the sooner gossip will fade to the background.  Next week we try to get our arms around that concept, though often good buzz gossip is just luck that someone notices all the good you do.
  • Consult Professional Damage Control. Companies such as Profile Defenders, Reputation.com and your business legal counsel and others that offer businesses the service of conducting damage control and helping to rebuild a positive reputation. By optimizing search engine keywords and terms, and producing effective business-building blog posts and social media content, companies of this nature can help your business regain previous status by generating content that sheds a more positive light on your business.

Recovering from the damage caused by gossip and false accusations can be difficult at best and traumatic at worst. Doing your best to repair your business reputation is not just a matter of necessity; it’s often a matter of principle, too. There’s no reason why someone else’s malicious behavior should ruin years of hard work.

In addition to being proactive, these steps can help you clean up the mess created by gossip and restore the reputation you worked so hard to build.

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.