What is it and how can it affect you?
What is it?
A digital footprint is the entire data of your communications and actions online that can be traced back to a person. Examples of things that can be traced are e-mails, attachments, videos, images and any other form of transmission of information.
Digital Footprint Animation
- Internet users are becoming more aware of their digital footprint; 47% have searched for information about themselves online, up from just 22% five years ago.
- Few monitor their online presence with great regularity.
- Most internet users are not concerned about the amount of information available about them online, and most do not take steps to limit that information.
- Internet users have reason to be uncertain about the availability of personal data; 60% of those who search for their names actually find information about themselves online, but 38% say their searches come up short.
- One in ten internet users have a job that requires them to self-promote or market their name online.
How to establish a good digital footpring?
- Guard your privacy
- Protect your reputation
- Know that nothing is private online
- Assume everyone is watching
- Apply the "Golden Rule"
- Watch the clock - In other words, don't live your whole life online, get out and do something!
- Choose wisely - not everything online is good for you
- Don't hide behind your screen name
- Think about what you see - don't believe everything you see online
- Be smart and safe!
Digital Footprint & Reputation Facts
1. It is hard to keep a good digital footprint because everything you do online will never be deleted.
2. Everything you do is stored in a remote area that you may never have know about.
3. You can do anything to get these erased but they never will be erased.
4. If you visit a website, the website usually looks at what websites you were on before and after you looked at theirs.
5. Anything that I search on google can be looked up.
6. If I want a job in the future and I have put some bad pictures and post online I may not get the job that I have always wanted. Even if I would have gone to college to specialize in it.
7. About 33% of all colleges research your digital footprint
8. Every computer has a number, so if you put something bad online they can track you down.
9. About 31% of all parents have one social networking site, and 51% have more than one.
10. A new survey says that 500 of the top colleges are looking at seniors Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.
11. About 38% of all college applicants were negatively affected when colleges looked at there footprint.
12.The rate of colleges looking at your footprint is going up.
13.In 2010 55% of all recruiters are looking at facebook, and in 2012 66% of all recruiters are looking at facebook.
14. If someone says something about you online it goes on your digital footprint.