INTERNET SEARCH GIANT Google has launched its Me on the Web privacy tool to help users manage their online identities.
With the phenomenal boom in social networking web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, Google has decided to give everyone a helping hand when it comes to online privacy and identity. The Me on the Web tool is online now and aims to do just that.
The tool can be found on the Google Dashboard and offers to "help make it easier to monitor your identity on the web", said Google.
Alerts can be set up using Me on the Web that will inform you if your name or email address gets mentioned online. It will also suggest some search terms that you might want to consider monitoring.
Other than alerts, the tool provides links to resources for information on what third party information is posted about you on the web and tips like how to request content to be taken down.
Current tools from Google already allow you to post or search online under a pseudonym or unidentified.
We're seeing more and more users online on social networks and the like with often no clue about the ins and outs of what they are letting themselves in for, especially with the minefield that is online privacy.
The Ministry of Defence is even halfway through a video campaign to warn users of the possible effects that can occur when posting information online. One video shows a mother drinking tea with a terrorist.
Google said, "This is just one of our first steps in continuing to explore ways to help make managing your identity online simpler." µ