Personal Profiles and Other Publicly Available Information
An Internet Hotlist on Detecting and Protecting Your Digital Footprint

created by Professor-Librarian Robert J. Lackie
Rider University

Introduction | Notable Social Networking Sites | Notable Personal Information Search Engines | Online Identity/Privacy Information Resources | Website Author's Information Page



Introduction
Do you know who you or your friends and family may be 'talking to' or what you may be 'sharing' online?

Social networking sites have become some of the highest traffic sites on the Web. Hundreds of millions of people have joined many of the hundreds of social networking sites available around the world. The number of these sites and those joining them seems to be growing exponentially.

Social networking sites have strong appeal to young adults because of the interactivity between users, and the ability to discover new individuals and groups by looking through other people's profiles and their lists of friends and contacts. Communication and picture-sharing has now become a very easy process. Consequently, these sites have become a haven for the creation of new trends and the dissemination of information.

However, social networking sites are not the only Web locations to find 'public' information on individuals. Besides the huge general purpose search engines, (e.g., Google), there are a wealth of 'people finder' search engines. These personal information search engines have attracted a lot of publicity for the particular type of sensitive personal information that they are easily sharing.

The following links will give you just 'a taste' of the notable social networking sites available, as well as notable personal information search engines providing publicly available data on many of us--probably even you!

Sites for online identity and privacy reports, articles, and protection organizations can also be found on the bottom third of this site. However, don't forget about your local university and public library resources. Libraries, especially with their large number and variety of databases, contain full text articles from books, magazines, journals, and newspapers on detecting and protecting your digital footprint. So, visit a librarian for valuable assistance--they love to help!



The Internet Resources

Notable Social Networking Sites

Notable Personal Information Search Engines

Online Identity/Privacy Information Resources

Website Author's Information Page


 created by Filamentality Content by Professor-Librarian Robert J. Lackie, rlackie@rider.edu
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Last revised Tue May 27 10:26:28 US/Pacific 2014