This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

AVG Releases Twelve Tips For Online Reputation Management

AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG), the provider of Internet and mobile security to 143 million active users, today announces twelve tips for individuals to safeguard their reputations while engaging in heightened e-commerce and social media activities during the holidays. Echoing advice from the recently published Wide Open Privacy; Strategies for the Digital Life, written by AVG CEO JR Smith and AVG Chief Policy Officer Siobhan MacDermott, these twelve tips offer clear and easy methods for consumers to control and even enhance their online personas.

“It’s only natural that our times of highest celebration are also the times when our guard is down,” said Smith. “Whether finding the perfect gift at an obscure online retailer or sharing photos from indulgent holiday parties, AVG has a vested interest in equipping customers with the tools they need to avoid identity theft and the dreaded overshare. And while the holidays are the perfect occasion to get started, our suggestions are great rules to practice for the whole year.”

“Parents need to be especially vigilant during the Holiday season as kids are home from school and often left to play online unsupervised,” said MacDermott. “Online technology is potentially dangerous, and just like parents have a responsibility to teach their kids about the safe use of electric power, they should have a conversation with their family members about using this great tool effectively and safely."

Like a corporate brand, AVG believes personal identity is an asset worthy of protection with the utmost vigilance. Assets lose value when they are lost or stolen; they also lose value if owners do not adequately invest them. With that in mind, AVG offers the following twelve tips to maintain control and promote fruitful engagement in digital life:

  1. Withhold what privacy experts refer to as sensitive unclassified information, which includes personally identifiable information. Never post on any social website your middle name, your address, or your phone number. If the website requires your date of birth to register, make certain you apply the maximum privacy settings to it.
  2. Never post your Social Security Number, student ID, banking information of any kind, or credit card information.
  3. People share a lot of “routine” information on social websites, quite commonly including vacation and other travel plans. Do not do this. A proclamation of your absence from home is an invitation to burglary. (You don’t think burglars have Facebook accounts?)
  4. The majority of Facebook users and users of other social websites post pictures of themselves. That is part of the fun of a social website. It is, however, a far more strategic move to avoid posting any pictures of yourself. Advances in facial recognition software make it possible for strangers of all sorts to match your unidentified photo to your name and, potentially, to a database of information about you. Post information strategically, not impulsively.
  5. Before you post, imagine your family, your parents, your kids, your friends, your boss, your clients, your coworkers, your employees, future potential employers, future potential clients, and future potential spouse(s). Are you perfectly comfortable with each of them seeing or reading what you are about to post?
  6. Whatever you post can be copied and reposted by people, organizations, and agencies you do not know and in contexts you never imagined.
  7. Whatever you post is very sticky. It might remain on the Internet and accessible to others just about forever. This means it can haunt you and everything you do.
  8. Avoid the pitfall of TMI: too much information. Gossip around the office water cooler can be destructive—who’s been hired for a new “secret” project, who’s sleeping with the boss, and so on. People have been fired for such loose talk, or they have seen their climb up the corporate ladder interrupted or stopped by it.
  9. Be aware of and take time to understand the privacy settings of the social websites you use. On Facebook, for example, anyone can see your so-called “public information,” which includes your name, picture (if you post one) or other “profile” image, gender, username, user ID (account number), and networks. Other than these basics, you can make use of the “audience selector” to choose who sees each piece of additional information you post. By using the “View As” tool, you can see how your Facebook profile (timeline) appears to others.
  10. Share information cautiously and selectively.
  11. Many people believe that the more “friends” they have on a social networking site, the better. Consider instead the strategic advantage of being highly selective.
  12. Remember that social websites can be subject to the same kind of malware and phishing attacks that afflict the Internet as a whole. Arguably, the laid-back, seemingly benevolent social website environment makes users even more vulnerable to attacks than they would be elsewhere on the web. (Hey, it’s a party!) Don’t let your guard down.

About AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG)

AVG's mission is to simplify, optimize and secure the Internet experience, providing peace of mind to a connected world. AVG's powerful yet easy-to-use software and online services put users in control of their Internet experience. By choosing AVG's software and services, users become part of a trusted global community that benefits from inherent network effects, mutual protection and support. AVG has grown its user base to 143 million active users as of September 30, 2012 and offers a product portfolio that targets the consumer and small business markets and includes Internet security, PC performance optimization, online backup, mobile security, identity protection and family safety software.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,265.99 +109.14 0.64%
S&P 500 2,011.36 +9.79 0.49%
NASDAQ 4,593.4250 +31.2360 0.68%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs