Chapter 2:Preventing and Addressing Online Problems

A young man reached out to me with a story that’s emblematic of what this book is all about. He did something incredibly stupid that had been memorialized online, and he wanted to have this information removed from the internet. Yet upon further review, he hasn’t really learned his lesson and is likely in for an incredibly harsh reality check, even though it is hard to imagine things getting worse.

This wayward soul did something that many 21-year-olds do: He went out one night and got terrifically drunk. Sure, many of us have had one too many and embarrassed ourselves. Some would call it a rite of passage. Our guy, whom I will call Kevin, took it to another level.

Police were anonymously called, ...

Get How to Protect (Or Destroy) Your Reputation Online now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.