As our digital lives become more connected, it is increasingly important that we all protect our personal information and manage our privacy.
Owning your online presence is actively managing your privacy and staying current with new ways to stay safe online such as using available tools — like privacy and security settings — to manage who sees the things you post online and with whom you share information.
There is probably more of your personal information floating around in cyberspace than you think. You can create a strong and positive online reputation by taking steps to better manage your privacy and protect your personal information.
Ways to own your online presence
Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.
Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected through apps and websites.
Be aware of what's being shared
Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. It's OK to limit how and with whom you share information.
Share with care
Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
Apply the golden rule online
Post only about others as you have them post about you.
Keep a clean machine
Keep all software, operating systems (mobile and PC) and apps up to date to protect against data loss from infections and malware.