Maligned Online? How to Retaliate Against Web Attacks

If you've been slandered on the Web, your bad reputation may follow you offline too. Here are some tips for burnishing your online image

Nasty breakups are bad enough. But what if your ex broadcast your dirty laundry to millions? That's what British actress Tricia Walsh-Smith did infamously on April 10, when she posted the first of three YouTube videos in which she slammed her soon-to-be-ex-husband for everything from his questionable character and inadequate sexual skills to his extended family, whom she disliked. Walsh-Smith's videos, which were collectively viewed more than 4 million times, reflect more than just the despair of a jilted woman. They're part of a larger and fast-growing problem: reputation-wrecking online.

Derogatory comments spread easily online and...

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