Welcome!

Cognitive Computing Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White

Blog Feed Post

Go Google Yourself

Go Google Yourself
By Leigh Goldie

Raise your hand, how many of you have Googled yourselves recently? I knew it – you haven’t! I believe you should do it right now. Why, you ask? Because that’s what other people are doing to learn more about you. Shouldn’t you be the one who controls what anyone sees and discovers about you when searching online?

Looking for a job, hiring a new employee, meeting new people, and finding classmates for a reunion are simply a few of the reasons people may be googling your name.

What will they find? Type in your name and many things will come up: Your Facebook account, your Twitter account, and any other social networking accounts, all of your pictures and personal profiles full of your personal information that Internet Search Engines have collected about you. If you are job searching, employers will Google your name to discover what you are up to online. Not just professionally on sites like LinkedIn, but personally as well. You need to carefully monitor what you say online because even though you are tweeting with just your friends, everyone can read it and make professional decisions simply based on what you have posted.

To discover exactly what information I could find out there, I Googled a good friend from high school. I found his address, phone number, family members, where he went to school, the value of his house, a variety of activities that he participates in currently, petitions he has signed, and donations he has made. All public information! But he’s also a quiet guy who doesn’t participate in online social networking sites, so I didn’t find the pictures I expected. That was surprising, as I know I would have found more information about him easily if he did have a social networking account.

Google a college student you know. Are they keeping their online profile professional or are they simply posting anything and everything they are doing? While it may be fun to tweet with your friends, it is public information. When these friends graduate and go out searching for a permanent job, will anything they have posted stop them from getting it? Or will it stop them from wooing customers if they choose to start a business? They should definitely check it out before it comes back to haunt them.

What would I have found if I had Googled you? Check it out now and find ways to delete any unwanted information that you discover. Taking a proactive stance in your online profile will help you now and for years to come.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Hurricane Labs

Christina O’Neill has been working in the information security field for 3 years. She is a board member for the Northern Ohio InfraGard Members Alliance and a committee member for the Information Security Summit, a conference held once a year for information security and physical security professionals.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Druva is the global leader in Cloud Data Protection and Management, delivering the industry's first data management-as-a-service solution that aggregates data from endpoints, servers and cloud applications and leverages the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to enable data protection, governance and intelligence-dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it. Druva's...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
BMC has unmatched experience in IT management, supporting 92 of the Forbes Global 100, and earning recognition as an ITSM Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for five years running. Our solutions offer speed, agility, and efficiency to tackle business challenges in the areas of service management, automation, operations, and the mainframe.
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examin...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
DSR is a supplier of project management, consultancy services and IT solutions that increase effectiveness of a company's operations in the production sector. The company combines in-depth knowledge of international companies with expert knowledge utilising IT tools that support manufacturing and distribution processes. DSR ensures optimization and integration of internal processes which is necessary for companies to grow rapidly. The rapid growth is possible thanks, to specialized services an...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
Scala Hosting is trusted by 50 000 customers from 120 countries and hosting 700 000+ websites. The company has local presence in the United States and Europe and runs an internal R&D department which focuses on changing the status quo in the web hosting industry. Imagine every website owner running their online business on a fully managed cloud VPS platform at an affordable price that's very close to the price of shared hosting. The efforts of the R&D department in the last 3 years made that pos...