In this digital age, your footprint online lives forever. It’s a good habit to start “Googling” yourself every so often. Many employers are now using this technique to find out information about you.

The problem with the Internet is that anyone can post anything they want regardless of whether it is true. News organizations have a much higher

Once it’s online, it almost becomes “fact.” As a journalist, it’s scary to think that’s the case, but it’s reality. It’s a whole new world, and once it’s online it’s hard to get the information removed even if it’s not true. I’ve seen this personally impact friends, and one wrong

report can get picked up by other agencies and reported over and over. Before you know, someone’s reputation is tarnished for no reason. I’ve seen it happen. Luckily this person had good corporate lawyers to help clear up the mess, but it’s a lesson for all of us.

Protect your public image and “Google” yourself.

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That very simple “Google” search for a lawyer turned up a goldmine of information. By searching her name, she realized her credit card number was posted online for everyone to see. We traced it to what appears to be a Canadian blog entry.

The woman knew her card was compromised, but had no idea her entire number and CVV code was posted online. That CVV code is the key to protecting the integrity of your credit card, and knowing it was posted online was a bit unnerving.

We found information posted for people across the United States.

To find out if you’re a victim, “GOOGLE” yourself.