You should first check what others can see about you. Search for your name using Google or other search engines and see what information already exists about you. Repeat the search regularly using services such as Google Alerts which give automatic updates. Although you may not have added anything new, your friends and family might have. Aggregator sites like www.123people.co.uk will also show you publicly available internet information about you (e.g. Facebook accounts, blogs and YouTube postings etc).
If you find anything offensive or require anything removed, report it to the hosting site immediately. Remember it will need to break the site’s terms and conditions. If it is a naked or semi-naked image of you it is highly likely to breach these conditions and the legal implications mean the site host is likely to remove it quickly when made aware.
Bury the bad stuff! Increasing your positive online presence…
Sadly there are some occasions where online content can’t be removed, for example if your image is shared via an adult site hosted outside the UK, in these cases we advise that you try and bury the content you don’t want people to see. The best ways to do this are to set up social networking accounts, (you don’t have to use them, just set them up and leave your name publicly searchable), to regularly comment on news articles and forums, and also to run a small blog. The more you add the further down the search lists this unwanted content will be.
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