I know that for many people, online reputation management is always a major issue, especially for those of us who work on projects that aren’t related to our current employment.
One of the biggest challenges in online reputation management is the powerful caching and indexing power of search engines like Google and Yahoo. With their massive databases, internet uses can easily generate queries that could potentially show charitable and political giving history, email addresses, website comments, previous employment, etc.
While it’s difficult for most people to try and remove things that have already been indexed, there are things you can do to prevent certain things from showing up in search engine queries.
For example, if you’re a nonprofit organization and have a web-based newsletter that you send out to your membership that contains the names of donors by specific giving levels; odds are you don’t want this information made available to everyone.
While there are a variety of methods that one can use to prevent their information from being picked up by search engine spiders, a company called drop.io has developed a simple way to secure your files, even if you’re the most novice internet user.
From the company’s about page:
Drop.io is an easy to use, online file sharing service that provides users with a simple and private way to share images, video, audio, documents and other digital content through unique, user-created and controlled sharing points called ‘drops.’
In just two clicks, users are able to seamlessly create personal sharing points, upload content via web, e-mail, MMS, Facebook, Firefox extension, phone and fax inputs and share it with friends, family and colleagues through drop.io’s various web, e-mail, MMS, twitter, iTunes and fax outputs.
Each ‘drop’ is non-searchable, non-networked, does not require any type of account registration and can be password-protected and set to expire after a period of time.
Drop.io is used by a wide range of users seeking a convenient and private method for sharing all types of digital content, ranging from mothers sharing baby photos to large companies using ‘drops’ as collaborative workspaces.
While there are many other options available, I truly believe that this one is by far the easiest to use, and more importantly, least technical.
You can visit Drop.io here.