Having a strong online reputation defense in place would seem, to many people, to be unnecessary. But the truth is that often it can make the difference between the Internet being a useful resource and being a nightmare for you. Here's why you need a strong online reputation defense.
The Attack Can Come From Nowhere
The simple fact of the matter is that you can be a polite, decent person online and you can still be subject to an attack on your reputation online. A disgruntled ex-employee, an angry ex-lover, a total stranger… it doesn't really matter what the source is. Just ask Al Nino, a man whose name sounds similar to the weather phenomenon El Nino. He spent a summer tormented by angry letters and phone calls over the weather.
The simple fact of the matter is that it's unlikely you'll see the smear campaign coming until it's already out there. An online reputation defense ensures you're both warned, and already acting.
Awkward Situations Can Rapidly Become Worse
We've all been in a difficult personal situation at some point. Personal and professional misunderstandings are simply a part of our day-to-day lives. The problem is that they can be aired out on the Internet and take on a life of their own. Instead of discussing the situation with those involved like an adult, you suddenly have an enormous audience deciding they know what to do, and aggressively sharing that idea with you.
Slander And Libel Online Can Cost You Money, Friends, And Relationships
Unfortunately, for all the ideas that we're a jaded and cynical species, far too many people actually believe everything they read on the Internet, provided a source seems credible enough, or fits into a narrative we want to believe. And anyone can see an untrue statement online; potential employers and clients, family members, even someone curious about you before you go out for coffee.
Once people form an idea about you, it can be incredibly difficult to dislodge. It's better to ensure that the seed of doubt is never planted.
It Can Linger For Years
Without a strong online reputation defense, online libel can be the problem that just will not go away. It's not unknown for someone who struggled with an online smear campaign as a teenager to discover that campaign coming up in job interviews a decade later. And, frankly, once something "goes viral," there's a real risk; not all people are capable of applying common sense.
You Shouldn't Have To "Take" Cyberbullying
In the end, it really comes down to this; total strangers do not have the right to define your life for you, or make you miserable because they think it's funny. With a strong online reputation defense, you can ensure that you're not a victim or a target, and can use the Internet with confidence.
Remember, ReputationDefender can help. You don't need to be a victim of the Internet: Let ReputationDefender help you protect yourself and your family from the worst it has to offer.