Do a Digital Audit on Yourself

The new year is always filled with resolutions: eat better, exercise more, complain less, and be a better person. But, what are you doing to improve your digital self? After all, your online profile is likely where any potential employer or even suitor (Hello, @Bumble) will find you and that will be their first impression. 

Not only should you be cautious about what you're telling the digital world about yourself, but you should be aware of the information you are feeding it. Take 30 minutes to improve your digital presence in 2018 by doing the following: 

  1. From an Incognito (private) browser winder, Google yourself. Find your Facebook page, Twitter page, Instagram, or any other social media profile you have out in the wild. Take inventory about what people see whenever they search your name. 
  2. Look at the public information you are giving on Facebook and your social media websites. Maybe there is a photo of you from college that you no longer want people to see, or maybe you're still in a relationship even though you meant to click single! Whatever is wrong, take a couple minutes to update it. 
  3. Use Unroll.me to unsubscribe from unwanted email newsletters. You sign up for plenty of things with your email address throughout the year, and chances are, your email address has also been shared a few times. Take a couple minutes to unsubscribe from all of the news letters you no longer need to read. 
  4. Update all of your passwords. You've probably been using the same password for the last couple of years, and it probably wasn't safe then and is definitely not safe right now. Take some time to update your password for key accounts, and then consider investing in 1Password.com. Passwords aren't going anywhere in 2018, so might as well make it easier on yourself. 
  5. Clean our unwanted apps. This is probably easiest and perhaps most fun to do. Open your phone and go screen by screen looking at the apps you've downloaded. If there's some app you have that you didn't use in 2017, chances are you can live without it in 2018. Not only will removing the apps give you less information while looking at your phone, it'll also save some battery power. 

What else are you doing to ensure your digital presence is set up for success in 2018? Let me know in the comments below.