Mostly, posting more positive things about yourself online will help push away the content you don’t want others to see. But there’s no guarantee that others won’t see the pictures later. If this includes future employers, college, or friends, it could affect your reputation.
Most people will be understanding though. They know this could happen to anyone.
Do you know what’s online about you?
Check what others can see about you. Put your name into a search engine. Google doesn’t always show you everything. So try using others like ‘Bing’ or ‘DuckDuckGo’.
If you find anything about yourself that needs removing, report it to the hosting site immediately. It will need to break the site’s terms and conditions to be removed. If it’s a nude photo of you, it’s highly likely it will. The legal implications mean the site host is likely to remove it quickly once they know it’s there.
Bury the bad stuff! Increase the good stuff!
Sometimes you just can’t get stuff online removed. For example, if your photo is on a porn website hosted outside the UK. If this has happened, we recommend burying it.
The best way to do this is to set up social networking accounts and leave your name publicly searchable. You don’t have to use them. You can also comment on news articles and forums – three to four times a day if you can. Creating a short blog is also helpful. The more you post, the further down the search lists the unwanted photo or video content will be.