What is your digital footprint to say to you?

If the recent news is any indicator, we are becoming more and more digital and virtualized culture, there is a significant and fatal flaw: we can not realize that the real weakness of life is our digital footprint The influence of

See Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, whose life has been found to send him a text message to a romantic companion (who has just not happened to his wife). Or consider Arlington Mayor Carmen Kenteer Goncourt, "… Last month, when she left the unrestricted underwear picture on the MySpace page, he was selected," New York Times writer Susan Said Dominis. (When asked why she posted such a personal photo on such a popular public website, she replied, "This is my space," said a naive about the Internet, for a public official , Is a weird and terrible out of touch.)

If there is a modern slogan, all of us should be on this matter, that is: the internet is forever

Unfortunately, This is a lot of people for us – especially anyone over 20 years old – not fully internalized. This is what happened to Mayor Kilpatrick, who apparently thinks that removing his information from his PDA is enough to eliminate that information from the digital reality. Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer is also the case, he did not understand his gloomy financial transactions (all of which are connected through the Internet at the point of purchase, accounting institutions, financial institutions and any other Others

Today's generation is the most risky. Teenagers and young people publish pictures, YouTube videos or blog posts on their MySpace page, show that they are drunk, do illegal drugs, engage in suspicious actions, etc. Rare. Many people are unaware of the impact of these public on future employer, university admissions committee and even potential partner bad judgment. Simply delete or delete images and posts do not provide protection. Internet archives ( http: // www (19459003)

(19459007) 1. As I said, the Internet is forever If you upload it, publish it, share it or publish it possible Where, until the last server drops. Deleting your final copy Nowhere to see a corollary of this rule is that if it can hurt you or embarrass you, expect someone to find it at the worst of times. Rule of thumb: Do not post any of you Do not want your grandmother, your boss or your biggest enemy to see something

2. anyone can find anything. have enough time to visit and interest, a Active searchers can find anything that has been or has been publicly or legally available (hackers can find everything.) Assume that anything – including e-mail, text messages, purchases, financial transactions, personal data, images, etc. – are open, Can be searched, can be found, whether you think you have covered your own tracks, or you think it is anonymous.

3. Implement a regular self-search Google yourself to see what will happen. Archive via the Internet to see how much of your previous online life is used for public search. Make a record to keep the available content about you, And how to propose a solution.

As a last resort, it may sometimes remove harmful content from some search engines or databases. But if you have been naughty, do not expect this to save your bacon. You will never remove each copy from each source. Your best way of doing things is to simply show yourself and stop the hypothesis because you are one of the millions of Internet users and you will somehow get lost in the crowd. The internet may be a busy place, but it is also a very open and open place. If you are naked on a bang bang head, someone will notice.