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Are you Googleable?

I was reading this article named “Are You Googleable?” by Eric Tangalos and Erin Romanski in this magazine catering to psychiatric doctors called mdng (www.mdng.com) Vol 9. No.3. 06.07 at page 19. The article talks about how personal information about a medical doctor is available out there on the net if any doctor is googled and jokingly states “having all that information out there for anyone to see makes the concept of being “on call” take on a whole new meaning”.

I totally agree with that, most people can be searched on the internet and their contact information can be ascertained. Now if an individual wants to remain obscure then they have to make a conscious  choice and effort. According to the article quoting Wired News (www.wired.com) “Ungoogleables don’t post online, blog, publish, or build web pages using their own names. They’re careful about revealing information to businesses, belong to few organizations that can leak personal data, and never submit online resumes—all common ways that Google captures your data”.

The tip given by Wired News is that “If you don’t want to be found on Google, don’t use your given name if you participate in chat or newsgroups, and for all your e-mail addresses, don’t use any part of your true name, have have an unlisted phone number”.

Now, that is hard for any professional who wants to build their network or business and in fact, the information being collected and available online is increasing rapidly. As a side note, the article also states that “on online search of information a variety of websites show up and some of these sites may actually be phising sites or spam generators, or hide spyware, adware, or other malicious applications and viruses designed to gather information based on the indivudual’s searches”. The article goes on to say that “there are number of products on the market today that can help alleviate these kinds of threats (www.pcmg.com/article2/0.1895.2114660.00.asp). LinkScanner2.0(www.pcmag.com/article2/0.1895.2073047.00.asp). SiteAdvisor (www.pcmag.com/article2/0.1895.2054797.00asp), and TrendProtect (www.pcmag.com/article2/0.1895.2113197.00.asp) are some of the search-based products available, each adding a colored icon for each search result, indicating that the search is safe, unsafe, debatable, or unknown. CallingID 1.5 (www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1983751,00.asp) quickly supplies a color coded rating for the current page and rates any link when you haover the mouse over it. LinkScanner actually works with CallingID’s results and warns users about phising sites; SiteAdvisor flags phising sites; CallingID checks the domain’s security; and TrendProtect constantly scans pages for inappropriate content”.

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July 6, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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