More than half of British adults are so concerned about their online reputation they would erase everything they have ever posted on the Internet about themselves, a recent survey revealed。
35 percent believe they could never consider a career in politics due to damaging personal material online. And nearly a quarter of people admit to having posted a photo or personal information that they wouldn''t want an employer to see, according to a study by security firm Norton。
Sherly Seitz, an Internet security expert at Norton, said: "We''re posting more personal information online than ever before but our attitude to privacy still seems lax. We all want to embrace the latest technology, but consumers should stay mindful of the dangers."
Researchers questioned 1,004 people aged 18 and over about the amount of their personal information that is publicly available online and how it could affect them personally. The study reveals a sense of unease among Britons about their online reputation, with over 50 percent saying they would gladly delete all information about them online。
Some 40 percent admitted to not actively protecting their reputation and personal information on the Internet. Of these, 59 percent "never thought it was an issue", while 20 percent wouldn''t know where to start。