Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Multiple personalities

Have you ever been "Catfished"?  What is a Catfish you ask?  A Catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities.  In light of recent catfishing stories in the news (one big one being Manti Te'o), I was curious.  Could somoeone possibly be using my image without my consent?  I was completely shocked at what I found.  Turns out, I have multiple personalities..

So what can you do to find out if this is happening to you?  It's actually very simple.  
  1. Open Google.
  2. Click on the "images" tab
  3. Drag and drop your image into the search box.  The internet will then scan for any images that may be a match.  
So you've found out someone has been impersonating you, now what?  Most social networks have impersonation policies, so don't be afraid to contact them if you find someone is using your image without your consent.  You may also want to consider contating the impersonator directly, and insisting that they immediately stop using your image.  Most of all, be proactive.  Check Google regularly for any new activity that may be occuring, and then take the necessary actions to stop it.  I know I will be doing regular searches from now on!  

How about you?  Has this happened to you personally or to anyone you know?  I'd be interested to hear about it.  It's a wild, wild web out there!
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