Young Brits have expressed regret over their “digital tattoo” â€“ the indelible marks their activities have left scattered around various social media networks and online video portals.
According to research by security firm Symantec, one-third of under-25s said that they would like to delete parts of their online history, including embarrassing photographs and throwaway comments.
Having said that, 35% said that they didn’t worry at all about what they’d posted online. Perhaps they’ve never inadvertently told their posse via Facebook that he’s a pervert, or had compromising videos posted on YouTube, and they’ve obviously not considered the implications of cyber-crime, either.
Though information and photos can be restricted on some social networks to only those who know you, files still have a nasty habit of getting out.
It seems wisdom comes with age, with under a third of 36-45 year-olds sharing their photos online, and two in ten over-46 year-olds.
MD of Indigo Red, Steve Mallison-Jones, confirmed that many employers now do a search online as an additional means of assessing candidates.
â€œAs a recruiter I cannot stress enough how important your online profile is. Whether its blogging, tweeting, facebooking or uploading videos, a fantastic CV can be dismissed in moments if the online story doesnâ€™t match what Iâ€™m reading,” he said.
â€œWhen interviewing candidates I find it unbelievable that they donâ€™t realise that all their online activity is indexed and normally traceable. That picture put up from the ladâ€™s night out makes me ask some extra questions and I want to probe and prove I am getting the best candidates for my clients.â€
It’s worth remembering that, even if you don’t put up compromising photos of yourself, one of your “mates” might. Keeping a check on your online persona, and having some good answers prepared for anything that slips through may well be a smart move.