Digital Sidcot – Digital Footprints
What is a digital footprint?
It is the information about a particular person that exists on the Internet as a result of their online activity.
Every time you go onto the internet you leave a trail. Some websites will track which other websites you have been to. Have you ever noticed the adverts in Facebook seem to show sites similar to things you were just on? Well, that is because they tracked where you have been. Many other companies and websites do this.
Why should you care?
As you leave a trail, it is important to keep it to a minimum and ensure your personal information, pictures and other details stay safe. Apart from the above, the information you post may be used by others to:
- Vet your suitability for a job.
- Steal your identity (ID Theft).
- Hack your social media accounts to use for advertising, to gain more information about you; embarrass you (cyberbullying).
There are many more ways in which your information could end up in the wrong hands.
What should you do?
- Keep your passwords safe and never tell anyone what they are, change them regularly.
- Do not post anything online you would not put on the back of a postcard or tell your Granny. A funny photo today could cost you the job of your dreams in the future.
- Make sure your privacy setting are set up correctly – only share photos, posts etc. with those you trust. Make sure your personal details are not viewable.
- Don't let the computer remember your password as this basically give free access to someone else.
- Remember to log off all your accounts and the computer when you are finished – just turning the computer may not be enough.
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