At MyLife, we believe that transparency is the key to security. People should know exactly what their online reputation is, and have the tools to improve it if necessary. And they should also know if anyone know the true reputation of anyone they meet online. While it might be a touch easier to take care of that second point — particularly with the tools that MyLife provides — that first point can be a bit harder to handle.

These days, it’s nearly impossible to not have some kind of online presence. But in many cases, it’s for the best: in the digitally-driven world, online transparency combined with a positive reputation is the key to success both personally and professionally. After all, you never know who is going to look you up, whether it be a date, a coworker, or even just an old friend. And in many cases, a lack of an online presence can be something of a red flag.

There is little to gain by simply ignoring your online reputation and how it affects your life. Because of that, the best course of action is to actively manage your online reputation. Doing so not only protects you from a negative reputation, but also benefits you in many ways.

The first step in taking control is simply to take stock and keep track of how you look online. Here are a few ways that you can do this:

Google yourself

When the phrase “online reputation” is said, Google is never be far behind. You’ll hear it again and again as the first thing you should do: Google yourself to see how you look online. Seeing as how the search engine is a huge part of everyone’s lives, it’s the best way to get a holistic sense of your online persona.

Searching yourself serves two purposes. The first is, naturally, to see how you stack up when people search for you online. It’ll show you any negative information that might be out there about you, and once you have the full picture, you can begin to take steps to fix it (which you can accomplish through MyLife). The second purpose is a more general one. It highlights the power of how online transparency can affect you. The takeaway from this lesson is this: for as powerful as negative transparency is, positive transparency is just as powerful, if not more.

Use MyLife

While Googling may give you a bird’s eye view of your online reputation, MyLife and our proprietary Reputation Score can help you hone in on the specifics. Your Reputation Profile on MyLife includes anything that can affect your reputation, including any available background information, personal reviews, social media posts, and more. 

MyLife believes that transparency online makes us all safer and helping you track track of your online reputation is an important part of that. If you’d like to learn more about MyLife, head over to our website and sign up for free today!