My sister is a Human Resource administrator. She said that it is common practice for HR to search an applicant. When I argued that that didn't seem right. She said, "Oh they usually have nothing interesting online." Nonetheless, here are some things you may want to consider.
- I have three email addresses, one for business, one for personal and one for everything else. The everything else email becomes particularly handy when you suspect the person asking for the email will spam you. It is also the email I use for shops, stores or newsletters, even the legit ones.
- Like the woman in the article, I have an alias. My kids do too. I tell them it's their stage name.
- I told the kids, they can fake their birthday but not the year because it is best if the company knows your age so they can put protections up. With that said, they must ask mom or dad if they may join a site first.
- I have given the wrong spelling of my name and when I get junk mail with it with the wrong spelling, I know where it came and I won't use them again.
- I'm inclined to use a website if it uses paypal so that my credit card is not all over the web.
- My GPS is turned off on all computers and tablets.
Do you have a technique to protect your online privacy? I'd love to hear it.