Top ways to fix your online reputation

If you don’t like what you find or see about yourself on the Web there’s a growing community of companies that can expunge or at least water –down the bad stuff and save your reputation – for a price of course.  The need for such services is exemplified in a story I wrote recently about the woman in Pennsylvania who is suing Millersville University claiming that her teaching career was derailed by college administrators who unfairly disciplined her over a MySpace photo that shows her wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup.  The Photo was captioned: Drunken Pirate. Now she could have used one of these services. Without a doubt everyone from prospective employers to your next date are looking you up online, so what can you do? Here’s a list of companies that may be able to help out: ·          StolenIDSearch.com:  a free service from TrustedID, lets you find out whether your Social Security or credit-card numbers are among some 2.3 million compromised pieces of identification in its fraud identification database. ·          ReputationDefender: service that claims it can sometimes help remove or bury negative or embarrassing Web postings.  Website says the company will  search out all information about you and/or your child on the Internet, wherever it may be, and present it to you in a clear report. It will also destroy at your command, all inaccurate, inappropriate, hurtful, and slanderous information about you and/or your child using our proprietary in-house methodology. ·          MyPublicInfo.com: can look for unauthorized use of your Social Security number. Website says MPI's premier product is the Public Information Profile, which obtains, aggregates and formats consumer background information not found in credit reports. Costs $79.95 ·          Claim ID:  The company promises you a way to basically centrally manage all of your  personal  information that might be out in cyberspace. The company’s Website says it provide you with an OpenID  which you can use to log into thousands of sites such as Livejournal, Ma.gnolia and Technorati - without ever having to create a new account or remember another password. On your claimID page, you can create a profile of all the sites that comprise your identity and we’'ll let you know if an important page about you goes offline - and if it does go offline, we'll provide you a cache of the page so you never lose important materials. ·          Naymz: Company’s Website says Naymz is an online provider of reputation/identity management and promotion services for people, groups, and businesses. Naymz provides a simple and user friendly experience for those who are concerned with promoting an accurate and positive picture of their personal or professional reputation and identity. ·          IdentitySweep.com: The company uses information gleaned from MyPublicInfo.com and to notify you when any or all of your information appears in stolen credit data databases and online directories. It instantly notifies you - by email - of any suspicious activity related to your personal information before you're victimized. The company promises its  technology works much faster than the credit card and credit bureau monitoring services, which alerts you after you become a victim.  It charges $4.95 a month to monitor public records and for $6.95 a month, you get identity-theft insurance, which promises to reimburse as much as $25,000 for purchases made using your information. ·          ChoicePoint: Firm sells a consumer version of its more extensive background reports for prices ranging from $9.95 to $49.95. The premium-priced report includes a county and national criminal file search, and employment or education verification. ·          LexisNexis: company sells its Accurint Person Report for $8 which compile public and private database information under your name, including motor-vehicle registration information.

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