Protect your online reputation

Lata Jain

The burden falls on each of us to be careful about what we write and post about ourselves on the web and what others might post about us. There are few sheriffs to watch us and haunt us.

It needs a little self policing to protect your online reputation. A few innocent or wild comments or truth (by private investigation agencies) or networking sites such as facebook, twitter, linkedin, and MySpace may not damage your reputation. But that night dance party at a discotheque or your first peg of beer at your farewell of engineering can surface when you’re being considered for a job with a reputed company. How do you feel the vice-president of a company will react when he knows your personal id? Imagine if your ID was pummymylove@yahoo.com? What seems like a hoot could haunt at a later stage.

lata jain

Lata Jain

There are mischief mongers, jealous colleagues, separated couples, lovers and they sometimes can impersonate you or can post objectionable items about you. There are instances where people were shocked to see their names being associated with unpleasant incidents. Surprisingly many were caught unaware when they put their name on Google search and found objectionable photos, anecdotes about them, or ump [pleasant remarks about their friends or family.

In such cases one need to rush to the nearest station and lodge a complaint under cyber act. One could also write to the registered owner of the site. Cyber crime stations are aggressive and track the IPE and reach to the offender. If it fails then one could contact a criminal lawyer. Says Ms.Lithika a criminal lawyer with the Mumbai court, we get several cases filed by women whose obscene photos are put by ex. lovers and many a times they are blackmailed for a handsome ransom. Mr.Praveen another advocate was referring a case of a couple, whose husband posted her nude photos and started demanding more dowry. The case was referred to CB CID as he posted these photos on several sites.

Some issues are complex. Issues related to online material offensive can do lot of damage. The law suits are like the chess game, it’s a win-win situation says ACP Chandrashekar Rao. Issues related to online material are complex. This includes privacy, defamation, copy right issues trademark and licensing.

If the material is very offensive, the offender can be sued for libel says lawyer S.Ramchander Rao. Legally there’s a thin line dividing between reputations online or in print. The liability and the punishment or punitive judgment can be hefty.

There is having been several cine actress or celebrities from sports or other fields who are impersonated online. But sometimes ordinary people also go through the same kind of harassment. Online impersonation has two quick solutions, write to the site, there have been instances were responses were met in 48 hours or approach the DCP Cyber crime as he is the SHO for cyber complaints.

A mother of two found it embracing when her neighbor, a bachelor tried stalking her. When his attempts of getting closer failed he put up fake face book page with a photograph of hers. She had no idea of a face book account unless her husband abroad tipped her off. She was shocked to see her obscene photos.

There can be a few simple guidelines to keep your online reputation safe and respected.

Many people use online pseudo names, especially the ones who cheat their spouse, who get into relations with several women/men. This is commonly observed among men cheating their wives. But there are chances that this speudoname can be read by your potential employer or your tech savvy detective boss. Many people are into the habit of giving more than required information on the sites. Check on the reputation of the site? Do they divulge your personal information to other agencies? There are chances of your banking details which could be robbed or shared and this could mean a serious threat to your credit reputation with your bankers.

On a holiday, don’t share it on the net. Police has found many of the lock breakers the younger generation who share friendship through social sites. It’s dangerous to share too much of personal information about your family, your personal problems as there are chances of people exploiting the situation or you.

Photos can be morphed and misused. Today they are lovers, tomorrow strangers. A couple who were married for 15 years went for a divorce, simply because she saw her spouse’s photos with other women in bars and discos. The husband was taken by surprise as she never had an email account or a face book account but her friend revealed it all. Posting photos can be dangerous.

The bottom line is furnishing details on the web is like living your real life. In your real life While navigating the web one needs to use his common sense, never pose any of those pictures at work .We don’t  give personal information like that of credit card details to strangers, so why on the net?

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