6 tips to combating Online Stalking

I am no expert in online security but these are six tips that I have in terms of making sure that I have just a little bit of control over some of the information that is going out there about myself online.

1. Groups and Pages
Although you may have your profile on private, people can still see the groups and pages that you are a part of by a simple google search. Maybe think twice about joining the 'I hate work' page

2. Australia Network
This is a real catch a lot of people are on the Australia network and unless you change your settings then a lot of people will have access to your full profile.

3. Detagging does not work
Most photo albums are set on public, so if you detag yourself in one photo from a night out there is a high chance that you will be found by just looking at the other photos in that album. Make sure you detag yourself from all the photos in that album.

4. Twitter is not a narrative
Your Twitter profile in your head is a narrative, your last tweet is an inside joke from a day ago however for most of your audience it is just a statement that is out there. So a lot of what is said will be judged out of context.

5. Myspace the backdoor
Most people have a Myspace profile, it was one of the most public networks. If your profile is not on private probably about time you put it on or delete it if you do not use it.

6. Google your name properly
Always check the Australian Google and put “” around your name to get exact results.

If anyone else has any tips please share!

7. Blocking on Twitter (via Tip)
Twitter, if you have a public stream, blocking will only be effective when that person is logged in. They can still see your updates if they log out.


jefske said...

haha this is so true.
I guess there are 2 ways to deal with this.... one is to be so anti social that people just can't be find you on these networks unless they are die hard fiends on social nets to have all their friends on there or the more extreme options is to stay completely sober when you head out so any potentially incriminating evidence is eliminated from inception.

As for work rants, no one wants to hear about this so let's keep it in your journal if u really need a release!

thx for the tips Jules!

Tiphereth Gloria said...

Facebook is the tricky one for young players because they keep changing the settings. The default is that your profile is automatically visible to your friends and your network, unless you change those settings. If you really do have a stalker (!) blocking them is probably the best option in Facebook.
On Twitter, if you have a public stream, blocking will only be effective when that person is logged in. They can still see your updates if they log out.

Julian Cole said...

Hey Jeff, I like the advice about firing up the old 'Dear Diary' is a good one. I have seen a number of examples on Twitter where people use the 160 chracters to have a vent while co workers are on there, it surprises me alot.

Hey Tip, that is great advice about Twitter, I never knew that and will add it to the list. Thanks for sharing!

Ailsa said...

Thanks Julian for the tips can you elaborate on Tip 2 and what settings you need to change? Is this for facebook?

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Julian Cole said...

Hey Ailsa, sorry it has taken me a millennium to get back to you.

So you were right it is for Facebook and what you have to do is change your security settings. So you do that by Settings-Privacy Settings then click Profile and change your profile from My Networks and Friend to Only Friends.

Hope that helps.

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