Have you Googled yourself lately?

I know, you are think why would I want to Google myself.  How could this possibly be security related?  Am not so vain I have to see what is listed about me?

Answer: YES, yes it is!

Here is my thought process on this.  Social Engineering, it is a clear and present danger to you, your business, your family.  I have spoke of passwords on several occasions, well when you tie in a Google search to yourself, you find a LOT of data out there that can arm a bad guy with a place to start gaining control of your identity.

Anthony Gartner - Google Search

I spoke in earlier posts that human nature is to use a password that is something you will remember.  Anniversary dates, kids names, pets are all fair game to user for passwords.  While this is a bad idea it is very common.  So based on the Google search you will find my web site.  This gives you both my name, my wife’s name, and my sons name. (cats name is Kitty) Don’t worry none of my passwords match any of these so don’t try :).

Image of AnthonyGartner.com Web site

So armed with the above information, if you have a password that is family related for ease, please stop reading this and go change it.

Another reason to do a search is to simply know what kind of things really are being said about you.  This is important if you ever go to apply for a job, security clearance, or even dating now.  If there are things being shown that you are unaware of you can research why they are there and ask the owner to withdraw it or adjust it.  Knowledge is the key!!!

So go do an Existential search on yourself!!!