by Peter Trinh
In Part 1 of this article, I asked; “Is it Worth Taking Back Control of Your Digital Presence?” Edward Snowden was quoted as part of the answer. In part 2, we dived into the overarching philosophy of empowering and informing ourselves. In this article, we will explore our self conduct; as part of taking control of our digital presence; and having it on our terms.
It is tempting to let others recommend and perform things for us; and it is true: What we are not so good at, delegating to others who can do better is great. When it comes to the digital and online world; all parties have their own business model and prurient interests. The result is that oftentimes, we don’t get the most beneficial work or are left hanging over the long term. This forces us to make repeated re-investments into a new path.
A better approach, then, is to do a combination of our own research; asking several different experts and/or forums; and asking for particular services with a specific approach with someone you resonate with and find reliable. It is not a complete delegation; nor is it doing it all yourself.
When asking, a good approach incorporates asking for something very specific, while having a larger intent be known…and having within this framework a dialog about strategies, approaches, and mindsets that would be best for what’s intended.
Then there is the “sanity check”. “Where along the continuum between convenience and simplicity; security and complexity should I stand?” “What approach truly resonates with me?” and “How will I handle these changes in my day-to-day life?” These are great questions.
The approach starts with taking our digital presence on our own terms with an overarching philosophy. And the foundation starts with our self conduct. In the next article in the series, we shall address passwords!
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