What's the best way protect myself from online snoopers?
October 5, 2012 8:36 AM Subscribe
What's the best way to scrub my online presence for protection from a potential-future snoopy boss, etc?
posted by anonymous to computers & internet (13 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
For most of my adult life I've worked in a place that wouldn't fire me for anything less than a violent felony, possibly even requiring it be committed on company property.
Now I'm about to start work for a large company, and while our up-front and behind-the-scenes values and whatnot largely match (ie they do good stuff and aren't owned by evangelicals, actively recruit minorities, and so on) they do
1. have a reputation for a hair trigger when it comes to bringing the company into disrepute (talking about work online, being seen in a bar visibly identifiable by uniform or nametag)
2. have a few people who, if you're in their sights for this reason, will do some serious digging and try to make any little thing stink and stick
So now that I'm here after a longtime of living my life online rather carefree, what's the best (and up to date) checklist (and I am ideally looking for a website with a checklist, though individual suggestions here more than welcome) for walling myself off from a potential snooper or nightmarish witch-hunt in the future?
All I have now is
1. Lock down Facebook, and don't post anything apart from cat photos from now on. Don't befriend anyone at work.
2. Scrub any forum profiles of identifying data and change all forum user names so there's no daisy-chain (from cat-owners to MeFi to eBay to AA to fetlife)
3. Don't do or say anything online that isn't fit for a Disney movie.
What am I missing? I have a Twitter and LinkdIn (and probably a few other such) acct that I used all of twice 4 years ago--just delete them? I'm barely active on FB (though I get tagged a fair bit), and not on any of the other big social sites. Mostly just MeFi and a handful of niche-interests (all legal but some are eye-brow raising).
What are the current step-by-step directions for locking down your FB privacy with the current version of FB? The interface and terminology barely make sense to me anymore.
Should I worry about any free-pot-and-legalize-Mumia type online petitions I signed years and years ago?
Worrying about Usenet history is pretty much a lost cause, isn't it?