Tag: online identity


Security Guide: Passwords 101

It comes up all the time on the web: pick a strong password! But what does that really mean? There are many misconceptions about passwords that can lead to trouble. Insecure passwords are very vulnerable and subject to attack. Before you can understand how to prevent these issues, you must first understand how passwords are used and stored.

When you sign up on any (legit and reputable) website, you are asked to provide a password to accompany your username. What you may not know about this password is that it is not stored on the server as plaintext, that is, text that is in a readable state; rather, your password is stored in what is known as a hash. What a hash function does is take your input and converts it to a seemingly random fixed-size string. The key is, it is not random.

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How To: Enhance Your Online Identity

In our modern world, our online identities and online presence truly shapes what the world sees of us and ultimately the perceptions people make of us.  Having said this, there are several components that help to compose a person’s online presence; their social networking pages, personal websites, blogs, the perception drawn from their email addresses, etc.  The managing of one’s online identity can aid them greatly in the sense that it makes one look a great deal more appealing in any situation; from social to professional.  By following a few simple guidelines, you can help to shape your online identity and give yourself a better overall image.

Social Networking

Social networking is easily the biggest part of your online identity.  Millions upon millions of people use social networking sites on a daily basis, and for many, social networks hold a lot of personal information.  As far as professionalism goes, social networks like MySpace and Facebook can house a great deal of images, status updates, etc that could indeed damage one’s professional appearance and reputation.  Because of this, it is wise to consider implementing some sort of privacy settings within the social networks that you use.  For example, Twitter users can choose to protect their tweets, only allowing authorized Twitter users to follow them.  With Facebook, users can take advantage of the network’s privacy settings, which allow the user to limit what specific content is available to specific people as opposed to simply locking people out all together.   Another thing you should consider is removing tags of yourself from Facebook posts and images that you deem to be unprofessional and harmful to your professional image.  It may also be wise of you to consider limiting the people who can write on your Facebook wall, as doing so could prevent unprofessional content from appearing on your profile.

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