Protecting your online reputation and privacy has become harder these days with the increasing number of social media profiles and the ability for anyone to create them.
When someone makes a fake profile, your account’s photos and info may be used to create the fake profile. The danger is starting to become all too real for more and more individuals who are being turned down for jobs, dates, and financing, just to name a few.
Stolen photos being used to make fake Instagram accounts are perhaps even more common, where hackers can steal your photos and create a life for themselves. In one recent story from March 3, 2015, an impersonator stole photos of a woman and her son, creating an account with the same photos and commenting on “when he was going to start teething.”
The idea that real people, not bots, are controlling these impersonation accounts is even more chilling. It can be difficult to catch the impersonator, but like Twitter, Instagram offers as much support as possible by reporting the account. Many other social media sites do their best to protect your privacy, but it is all too easy for individuals to exploit the anonymity of the internet.
Since Twitter is a publicly accessed site, thousands of people have their pictures stolen. It is important to understand that reputation management and online privacy are now becoming bigger issues than you can handle on your own.
Immediate Steps to Take
If you are having a problem with online impersonation, first contact Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or the administrators of the site – even if you do not have a real profile yourself. They have the tools to remove accounts; accounts controlled by bots are very easy to spot by their erratic behavior and random followers. Here are the immediate steps you can take to secure your account:
– Report the fake account
– Set your profile to private
– Change your password
Although these steps are the best at removing current profiles, it is crucial to realize that this incident may happen again, especially if a computer or another individual already has access to your photos. That is when the need for reputation management and online privacy management truly comes into light. While the primary social media sites will remove profiles with just cause, they can only do so much for the individual. That is where Reputation911 steps in.
Removal and Suppression of Fake Profiles
Reputation911 offers comprehensive Personal Reputation Management packages if you are currently in the middle of a fake account crisis. We work hard to remove personal images and videos, while protecting personal information. If you are beating the hackers to the punch, we also offer Online Privacy Management as a preventative measure before and after the fake accounts are cleared. While the definition of online privacy has certainly changed over the past 10 years, it does not mean you don’t deserve the right to privacy and clean social media profiles. We recognize the need for online reputation management, and you should never have to compromise your personal information.