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2. 10 Surprising Things You Should Know About Social Media (Infographic)

2.  10 Surprising Things You Should Know About Social Media (Infographic) | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
Learn the six different networks within Twitter, Pinterest's best days, and what breeds the most engagement on Facebook.

Via Kelly Lieberman, donhornsby
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Social media statistics are a good visual barometer for the purpose of gauging a social networks popularity and success. Digital marketing firm Mainstreethost has listed 10 surprising facts about social media that can assist in future users knowledge of how certain social media platforms work and which are most effective. With these statistics, individuals can implement a plan that will assist them to advance their public identity by increasing their community following and which sites and what times are more beneficial to engage with an online community.

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 25, 2014 8:53 AM

The infographic below by digital marketing firm Mainstreethost is another great resource, revealing 10 surprising facts about social media. I consider myself a pretty savvy person when it comes to social, and even I’ll admit a few of these were definitely eye-opening.

Frasser Beecroft's curator insight, August 26, 2014 5:41 AM

I love infographics and this one is full of useful social media facts...

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1. Is Online Identity Important To The Youth In A Contemporary Society?

1. Is Online Identity Important To The Youth In A Contemporary Society? | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it

on why online identity is necessary to help us connect and communicate effectively with different people in this era of globalisation.

 


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"What is online identity? It is the presence of one’s self in an online setting. It is the projection of one’s thoughts and ideas over the Internet, to be read and understood by many people at once. It is this existence that we have – if we choose to have it – in the virtual world, which is our online identity."

 

This article outlines what a online identity is, what it is used for and why it is important. A technological shift in the developed countries sees society being more dependent upon the internet for searching for information, communicating, advertising and creating businesses.

 

This is a great article that supports my project category, title, and offers answers to the questions that I propose to cover and answer in my prezi tutorial. 

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Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 4:31 AM

This article shows how people have their own perspectives on the importance of a online identity.

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3. Which Social Media Accounts Really Matter and Why

3. Which Social Media Accounts Really Matter and Why | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
If you read this article, you’re going to understand which social media sites are best for your brand or business.
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This is a very informative write-up for those starting out in realm of online profiling. Kiss Metrics uploaded this blog that shares information on the best and most effective social media sites for the individual and the professional.  By looking at questions such as "Where is my audience" and "Where are they active", and "what niche social media sites are right for me", one can gauge a sense of which sites are worthy of activating a profile. 

 

This blog post also gives a brief intro into each public profiling site, which could be very helpful for those who are not as familiar, to choose a suitable site to create their social media profile and create an online identity. 

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Al Ternate's curator insight, June 7, 2014 4:26 AM

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LEARN ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 4:13 AM

This article is a good starting point to who and what business should be on a particular social media site, with some pros and cons.

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5. How To Increase Your Online Influence (Infographic + Video)

5. How To Increase Your Online Influence (Infographic + Video) | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
Here is an infographic which visualizes 5 basic tips to increase your online influence and a small video which describes on how to build an online identity.

Via Martin (Marty) Smith, Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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This is a great little video clip. It talks about the importance of personal branding when creating your public identity. Within the content there are references made to creating a personal webpage, which may or may not be necessary. But the important factor is that the general points being made refer to those that I am drawing upon in my Prezi tutorial for Online Identity. 

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David Hain's curator insight, December 21, 2012 6:18 AM

Like making real friends!

Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, December 22, 2012 4:53 AM

Valid as well online as offline !?

Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 4:23 AM

" Here is an infographic which visualizes 5 basic tips to increase your online influence and a small video which describes on how to build an online identity." by tech18.com.

 

I honestly couldn't have said it better myself.

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7. Find Everyone You Can't Google Or Facebook With YC's Ark People Search - TechCrunch

7. Find Everyone You Can't Google Or Facebook With YC's Ark People Search - TechCrunch | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
TechCrunchFind Everyone You Can't Google Or Facebook With YC's Ark People SearchTechCrunchWith a variety of layer-able filters, Ark lets you search through public profiles and the private data of your friends across Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and...

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ARK.com is a search site for contacts that you may or may not have met, and want to re-connect with. This article explains how it works, and says that unlike Facebook and Google search, Ark.com "gives you a selection of filters to whittle down the web’s population."

 

This application offers information such as phone, email, job position, education, and relationship status to list a few. Some may be uncomfortable with their details being made so public, but there are ways in which you can limit this through the privacy settings on different sites. Otherwise, Arc acts the way a Google search would,but with more precision given it's varied category choices.  Of course, you have to be a member with Arc.com to use the site, which may deter those who have other intentions, from creating a public profile. 

 

This article is worth reading as it provides information on social networks and content sharing that my audience may like to learn about. 

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Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 4:00 AM

I found this to be a very interesting article, if not a bit creepy just because of the accuracy of the searches.

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9. How to Clean Up Your Digital Footprint and Your Online Identity

9. How to Clean Up Your Digital Footprint and Your Online Identity | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it

Follow these social media housekeeping tips to clean up your online visibility and protect your online reputation.


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A digital footprint is everything that shows up when people search for you online. This blog post outlines the importance of filtering and preserving and your online reputation.It outlines the important steps of setting up privacy settings to protect your identity, as well as sharing of information on popular social media sites. It also recommends discarding abandoned blogs and accounts, filtering through any public information or comments and editing any negative language etc. 

 

This is a highly recommended read for new and old users of the web, who have set up an online identity, be it personal or for business purposes.  Always a good reminder. 

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Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 3:57 AM

This article is very useful on how to clean up your digital footprint, I know I've gone back and deleted abandoned social media sites.

Claudia Lovett's curator insight, December 29, 2014 12:42 PM

A handy guide on how to delete all personal information that is provided online to prevent any future identity thefts. These are important tips to learn so that your privacy is guaranteed.

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11. Keep your personal information private? Monitor your online reputation! | Social Media Today

11. Keep your personal information private? Monitor your online reputation! | Social Media Today | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
Personal Privacy is harder than ever to achieve. The abundance of online information, as well as the many venues available to share personal and private information, makes it extremely difficult to protect yourself against online threats to your personal reputation and identity.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Social Media Today shares information on the e tools and methods that are at your disposal, to protect you from online information predators, while still enjoying the internet. 

By maintaining awareness on how much of your personal information is available through the internet with a quick Google search, you are able to monitor your reputation and be proactive in circumstances when information may need to be removed. Limiting what you share in the beginning helps, and also using Google alerts may aid in the protection of your online identit. 

 

This is a good article for those newer to online sharing, as it lists the simple privacy steps to consider while maintaining an online profile, without overwhelming readers. 

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13. Protect Your Online Identity | Social Media Today

13. Protect Your Online Identity | Social Media Today | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
I generally try to do some "house keeping" at the beginning of each year but, of course, it pays to implement the tips below whenever you get to it. Cyber security, or rather the lack thereof, is one of the main threats of our time. Here two simple tips that could make the difference.

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This article outlines the Dos and Don'ts of managing passwords for your accounts. There is one website that will automatically encrypt a password to all of your accounts, however will only require you to sign in to each using the one (and difficult for others). 

The article also explains that listing your birthday via your social channels is not a good idea, as it can be looked up on google, as well as searching for your pet's name, the school you went to etc. This is how hackers are easily able to access your information.

 

I found this article to be to-the-point and rather usefully. It was not confronting, and I dare say it would scare those off who are taking their first steps into online profiling.  

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Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 4:10 AM

This article provides to very good tips on how to keep yourself safe online, from identity theft.

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15. Branding Yourself to Create Your Online Identity

http://www.BrenAndMike.com - Bren & Mike Show - Branding Yourself to Create Your Online Identity No matter what you are promoting online, it is important to use the various media (including blogging and video) to brand yourself. Listen while I talk about how to build your brand. Twitter: @MikeMarko1 Skype: r.mike.marko Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mike.marko.37 Phone: 937-510-3433 You can check out our blogs at: Law of Attraction http://www.powerfulmoneymagnet.com Building a Business http://www.urmoneymagnet.biz Real Estate Rental Properties Investment: http://www.intendhomes.com Video: Bren & Mike Show - Branding Yourself to Create Your Online Identity


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This video is a tad repetitive, but it addresses the importance of self-branding through logs and video. Mike, the narrator, tells his viewers that they need to start generating community interest and awareness if they want to be successful in business or perhaps if they are trying to market a particular product or service. The same advice can be used for people who want to create an online social presence. They need present and interactive with an online community via social forums eg. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin. 

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17. Why should I reveal my 'real identity' online? Anonymity isn't so terrible

17. Why should I reveal my 'real identity' online? Anonymity isn't so terrible | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it

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This article from The Guardian argues the point of whether anonymity is really a terrible idea. Points of Cyberbullying, racism and hate speeches being rampant on the internet due to anonymity is discussed, and compared to a type of cyber anonymity that allows users to have separate identities that are independent of each other.

 

While I am trying to show my audience the benefits to having an online identity, I believe it is important to provide articles on the topic that encourage and opinion while providing varied information. 

 

I have provided many more Scoops that suggest steps and encourage online profile security.  

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Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 3:39 AM

This is another article that talks about the issue of Online anonymity, taking more of the insight that people are able to "display the less appealing parts of their nature." by being anonymous online.

Kate Isabelle Fincher's curator insight, December 28, 2014 1:03 AM

6# great look on the context of anonymity and why we enjoy it so

Erica Laing's curator insight, December 29, 2014 1:03 AM

Interesting thoughts on multiple online accounts and why we should we have profiles online.

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18. Online identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important? - The Guardian

18. Online identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important? - The Guardian | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
The GuardianOnline identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important?

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The Guardian has posted an interesting article discussing whether authenticity or anonymity is important on the web. "The old web [was] a place where identity could remain separate from real life". Now "a critical mass of people only want online interactions supported by "authentic" identity."  Millions of online users over the past decade want a safe place where they won't experience bad behaviour or have their identities stolen.

 

Facebook and Google products are the sum total of users web interaction, "and the value in creating a platform that provides confidence that a person is who they say they are, rather someone pretending to be them, is critical to a social network's success."

 

This article is neither for or against, but offers information on the subject, outlining that the expectation of web users has changed regarding their right to profile privacy. More so, as we have now entered a era where virtual relationships and the sharing of information is via online, which can be accessed by anyone, anywhere. 

This is interesting topic point to consider for all online users with active online identities/profiles, and definitely a conversation starter. 

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"We went from a web that was interest-driven, and then we transitioned into a web where the connections were in-person, real-life friendship relationships," Will our strategies for self-construal change because of this? See also: http://www.scoop.it/t/the-digital-stranger-education-participation-social-networking-and-creativity/p/3965631825/from-self-construal-to-identification-with-social-media
Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 3:35 AM

This article has a lot of different opinions and points-of-view on the issue of Online authenticity and who the user really is.

Claudia Lovett's curator insight, December 29, 2014 11:42 AM

This is the most important part of online identity. It is the make or break of how we engage with one another and with web content. It is up to the individual whether or not they decide that the quality of being authentic is more important then being anonymous.

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2. 10 Surprising Things You Should Know About Social Media (Infographic)

2.  10 Surprising Things You Should Know About Social Media (Infographic) | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
Learn the six different networks within Twitter, Pinterest's best days, and what breeds the most engagement on Facebook.

Via Kelly Lieberman, donhornsby
Steph Alexandra's insight:

Social media statistics are a good visual barometer for the purpose of gauging a social networks popularity and success. Digital marketing firm Mainstreethost has listed 10 surprising facts about social media that can assist in future users knowledge of how certain social media platforms work and which are most effective. With these statistics, individuals can implement a plan that will assist them to advance their public identity by increasing their community following and which sites and what times are more beneficial to engage with an online community.

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 25, 2014 8:53 AM

The infographic below by digital marketing firm Mainstreethost is another great resource, revealing 10 surprising facts about social media. I consider myself a pretty savvy person when it comes to social, and even I’ll admit a few of these were definitely eye-opening.

Frasser Beecroft's curator insight, August 26, 2014 5:41 AM

I love infographics and this one is full of useful social media facts...

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4. Welcome to Instagram on the web: Facebook-esque profiles aimed at new users

4. Welcome to Instagram on the web: Facebook-esque profiles aimed at new users | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
With more than 100 million registered users now signed up for Instagram, the company is taking a big step forward with profiles for users on the web, available to anyone with public profiles to share, view, comment and like their images across the...

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This article came out in 2012, introducing Instagram. Though it is older, the information is still relevant to those who do not know about Instagram, it's functions or purpose. This article is a quick little into on the application, explaining that you do not need a smart phone in order to access the app. You can also participate and view other peoples images via the computer. 

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6. A Guide to Growing Your Twitter Audience

6. A Guide to Growing Your Twitter Audience | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it

...We love Twitter for rapid interaction, ease of use and because it’s an online gateway to hordes of potential followers (and website visitors). Followers mean popularity, which in turn means trust, which then in turn could lead to customers and brand recognition. There are numerous ways to tap into this glowing hub of activity, watch Eric Kuhn's video for some insider tips.

 

As Twitter is such a fast flowing social network, doing simple things can often bring you great results very quickly. For example, running a competition is going to get you noticed faster than following someone in the hope they will follow you back because a competition gives Twitter users something that they want. Twitter may be fast and furious but by investing a little effort, it will reward you, eventually. This article will explain some of the ways you can quickly gain those much sought after Twitter followers....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 24, 2014 10:35 AM

Practical Twitter tips for better results.

Two Pens's curator insight, August 26, 2014 5:14 PM

pragmatic  tips  are easy to apply on Twitter

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8. Personal and Professional vs. Public and Private

8. Personal and Professional vs. Public and Private | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it

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During my time over in Australia, there was a lot of talk about the notion of having both a “personal” and “professional” identity on social media.


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This online blog features the thoughts of school administrators that want to share best practices in education. Each of the authors have have the same goal; what is best for students.

This particular blog entry discusses the issue of a private online identity vs a public one. The writer argues that all online content can be accessed and made public these days, and therefore there should be need for public and private accounts. Instead, there should be one and all content managed accordingly. 

 

This was an interesting view point regarding public profiling. 

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10. Three Important Steps to Manage Your Online Identity - Business 2 Community

10. Three Important Steps to Manage Your Online Identity - Business 2 Community | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
Establishing your professional identity involves more than joining networking groups to meet...

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This article explains how ,manage your online identity. "Establishing your professional identity involves more than joining networking groups to meet people, creating a Twitter account for professional conversation, and building an amazing resume to impress employers. Your overall online presence can make or break your opportunities."

 

In improving and maintaining your online persona the article explains the importance of making sure  your personal information is reflected correctly and consistently in all of your online profiles and accounts. 

 

A quick Google search will give you an idea of where to start honing your persona and how much work needs to be done.

 

This article also offers tips on showing off your credentials and also picking a user name that not only reflects your own, but also is visually appealing and stands out on a web search.

 

Similarly to a previous article scooped, this one covers the basics of monitoring and improving personal content for public purposes. 

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12. Visualistan: Building Your Online Reputation [Infographic]

12. Visualistan: Building Your Online Reputation [Infographic] | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
Are you putting your best foot forward? your identity is important! Take control of your online presence. Learn how to brand yourself.

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This visual board breaks down the benefits of using social media to boost your personal identity into fact related percentages. 51% of people are hired through Linkedin- a perfect example of why investing in a public profile and creating an online identity is useful, as well as successful.  58% of candidates were hired because they expressed themselves in a positive way through their profile, in turn giving their employers a good feeling about them. 

 

I think that this visual chart, along with the facts, is a great resource for those thinking about creating an online identity to see. 

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Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 3:53 AM

This provides staggering numbers, on how what you put online could affect real life situations.

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14. Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives

14. Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it

"Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives is the latest research report from Common Sense Media's Program for the Study of Children and Media. We surveyed over 1,000 13- to 17-year-olds nationally to understand how they perceive social media (like Facebook and Twitter) affects their relationships and feelings about themselves."


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"For the vast majority of teens, social and other digital communications media are a daily part of life."

 

Again, this statistic report shows the popularity of public profiling among teens from 13-17 years. 91% of teens have experience using social media, and 51% of teens use a social networking site daily. With such statistics we can consider the social pressures and influence that virtual communication and public profiling has on the younger generation. Though this article doesn't look at the positives and negatives of social media interaction for this particular age group, it is clear to see that having an active public profile on the web is common, if not expected of the younger generation, for the purpose of communication and web literacy. 

 

In understanding how a younger generation operates and interprets public profiling, is to gain a better understanding of web systems, their function and purpose, and of the direction of today's society. 

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Malarie Jensen's curator insight, September 16, 2013 11:29 PM

has some very good points. Alot of good information in this article.

Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 3:50 AM

This article provides insight obtained by research, on how teenagers in America perceive and use the internet regarding social media.

Erica Laing's curator insight, December 29, 2014 1:21 AM

Very interesting study on how teens view their social media accounts and online identity.

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16. Ways Brands Are Using Social Media to Build Customer Loyalty in 2014 | DashBurst

16. Ways Brands Are Using Social Media to Build Customer Loyalty in 2014 | DashBurst | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it

2013 was a year of exploration for brands on social media. From testing Vines to launching Instagram ads, many companies were dabbling in social media efforts across the Web just to see how customers would react. Now, in 2014, brands are geting serious. They’re using the wealth of data as well as the human connection that social media can provide to develop deeper relationships with customers.

 

Here are seven ways brands are using social media to increase customer loyalty this year....


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Dashburst headlines seven ways that brands have taken to  social media to increase their customer loyalty. Though this article focuses more on business branding, it is usefully to those who may be looking to market their own product or service through social media, and need suggestive ways on how to do this.  This article is helpful as it lists a variety of ways to represent yourself online and successfully reach out to a community. 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 15, 2014 1:10 AM

Useful look at 7 key social media trends in 2014.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 15, 2014 1:13 AM

Good look at 7 social media trends for 2014.

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19. Facebook access becoming mandatory part of job, college applications - SlashGear

19. Facebook access becoming mandatory part of job, college applications - SlashGear | Online Identity- The Digital Age Fingerprint | Scoop.it
It's been a trending story for years that employers have been known to look at the public Facebook profiles of applicants as part of their decision process.

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This is an interesting article. It explains that colleges are now seeking to be granted access to applicants Facebook account to view their profile. Whether you agree or not (I do not!), this article touches on the importance of public profiles in the modern day. If not for the reason of getting into college or on a sport team, perhaps for a job placement. This article definitely arouses some thought. I think my audience would value the read. 

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Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 3:26 AM

This article would be make people think twice about what they post online. It begs the question though, "how far is too far?" To be invading someone's privacy.

Claudia Lovett's curator insight, December 29, 2014 12:18 PM

This goes to show how publicly accessible your information is as many employers use Facebook as a way to find out about possible employees.
This is also a good reminder to be careful what you post as you don't want a potential boss viewing anything that could sabotage your chances.

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20. Worried about Identity Theft? You Need these Tips for Online Security

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Worried about Identity Theft? You Need these Tips for Online Security

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This short post is all about password protection for the purpose of online accounts. Many people will pick easy number codes because they are easy to remember, or derive a password from  the name of a pet or a high school teacher. One simple Google search or a number pattern can allow a hacker access to all your information, in turn causing havoc to your public identity and profile.

 

This article may repeat a few steps that have been mentioned in previous Scoops, but this is relevant information to provide to new users of online social sites. It never hurts to drive the message home.

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Sedra T.'s curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:08 AM

From TV commercials to news articles, chances are you’ve heard of someone whose identity has been stolen over the Internet. With businesses taking more and more of their transactions online, it’s reasonable to worry about plugging too much of your personal information into your computer.

Whether you’re buying college textbooks or heavy-duty caterpillar equipment, you give companies a lot of data when you make an online purchase. Should your sales account be hacked, third parties will have access to your address, credit card number, and security code. Here are some tips to keep your information safe online.

 

Create a Secure Password

You’d be surprised how many people still have basic passwords for their online accounts. According to a recent report by LinkedIn, users who had their site accounts hacked last month used passwords like “1234,” “link,” or “work.” Creating such a simple password for your account is almost like asking to be hacked.

According to experts, online passwords should contain a combination of letters and numbers. Passwords should have 6 to 8 characters at the very minimum. They’re most effective when you alternative letters with numbers. Something like “couch78fire” is better than “couchfire78.” For added security, some websites allow you add special characters like “!,” “@,” or “$” to your password. You should also avoid using personal information like your name, birthday, or address as part of your password.

 

Vary Your Passwords

Using one password for all your online accounts increases the likelihood of your information being stolen. If this password were to be discovered, hackers would then have access to all of your private account information. It’s best to have several hacker-proof passwords that you spread out among your accounts.

 

Protect your Email and Social Network Accounts

Some people have really safe passwords for their sales accounts, but are less secure with their email, Facebook, and Twitter passwords. This is a big mistake, because email servers and social networks have a ton of information about you. Often, companies send confirmation emails to users listing login information for their sites, so if your email is hacked, your other accounts will be too.

Many people find it convenient to have several email accounts to keep track of their online business. This way, if one account is comprised, the hacker won’t be able to access all of your information. It also ensures you won’t fill your mailbox up too quickly.

 

Network Hacking May Lead to Bigger Problems

While social networks don’t have your bank account information or credit card number, they may provide enough personal data for hackers to answer security questions on other sites. If you use the same password for your Facebook as your PayPal or Amazon login, hackers could then take control of these accounts.

Another risk of having your Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn compromised is ruining your public or professional image. These days anyone can perform a quick Google search on you to check for red flags before offering a job or other opportunities. Malicious users could tarnish your online image by posting inappropriate content.

This post is brought to you by guest author CJ, who enjoys all things technology, from the latest caterpillar equipment to the best SEO techniques.

Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 3:21 AM

This article has very useful tips on how to keep yourself safe online.