Give Yourself A Cheap Online Personal Background Check
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Have you ever Googled yourself just to see what comes up? Yes I bet you have. I know that I've searched for myself online more than once and so have most of the people that I know.
I've even used an inexpensive online background check website to find out even more personal stuff about myself.
Most of my friends who have looked themselves up were surprised by what they found and by just how much of it they could find. Some of them were horrified by what they found.
They were even more alarmed when they realized that anyone could find that stuff just by doing a few simple searches on the Internet.
Is your online presence affecting your job prospects?
Have you been turned down from any job applications that you've made recently? Were you left wondering why you didn't get the job even though you are well qualified and a perfect match for the position? It's possible that they are being put off by what they are finding out about you on the Internet.
Try searching for your name on Google and then do a thorough personal background check online. It doesn't take long and it isn't expensive so you have nothing to lose by investigating. You do have a lot to gain however.
It's worth remembering that if your friends and prospective employers can all find this information about you then so can your dates. Has your relationship unexpectedly ended?
What can people find out about you?
Anyone searching for your name in quotation marks on Google may find all sorts of things including your Facebook and Linkedin profiles and any other social media sites that you belong to. If you've ever been mentioned in newspapers or other media reports then these may show up in searches too.
As you are reading this you may be thinking how important it is to make sure that your social media profiles and other stuff that you post on the net is all clean and wholesome and always shows you in a good light. If you are anything like the rest of us you are probably thinking that you wished you had thought about this a few years ago because the damage now has already been done.
There isn't much you can do to stop other people posting embarrassing pictures of you though is there?
Your social profiles are important and you may be able to clean them up to some extent but there could be other information that is far more damaging to you out there somewhere.
Have you ever been arrested or convicted?
If you have ever been arrested, even if you were completely innocent of all accusations and never even been charged, then the news sites may have published the details and the arrest report may be found on the Internet somewhere.
Arrest reports in the media almost always show you in a bad light. News organizations are quick to splash your name and reason for arrest everywhere but they are far less interested in removing these reports or even printing updates when you get completely cleared of everything. I guess that bad news always makes them more money than good news.
If you do a more focused and comprehensive background check on yourself using a public records web site then you may find even more damaging information.
What can I do if I find damaging or incorrect information?
If you find that a web site is displaying incorrect or defamatory information about you then you can contact the site owners and ask for it to be removed or corrected. This can prove to be very difficult if they refuse your request and contacting all the sites that you want cleaned up can be a daunting task.
You should also look yourself up on public records databases to make sure that everything is up to date and accurate. Again you can contact the website owners to ask for the information to be updated.
Can I get help?
Yes there is help at hand. You can use an online service that specializes in restoring your reputation and privacy. Once you have given them all the relevant information they will do all the hard work for you. You can sit back and relax while they contact the appropriate webmasters and start reducing the volume of unwanted information that is embarrassing you.
It doesn't happen overnight but after a while you should notice that the Internet is starting to paint a better picture of you. You can help this picture to improve by making a point of posting all your best stuff on Facebook and anywhere else that you can get your posts to show up publicly.
This way you will eventually push all the remaining bad information about you down the search engine listings never to be seen again.
Author: Steve Gee
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