Digital Footprints

Austin Smith

What are Digital Footprints?

A passive digital footprint is created when data is collected without the owner knowing, whereas active digital footprints are created when personal data is released deliberately by a user for the purpose of sharing information about oneself by means of websites or social media.. Our digital footprints follow us everywhere we go and it is very difficult to cover them up. If you wanted to cover up your tracks easily you would not need to use the internet, but we all know that's not possible.

Ways to keep a good Digital Footprint!

  1. Secure your browsing. You can browse using a search engine that doesn't track you.
  2. Try to input as little of your real information as possible.
  3. Take care of the privacy of your social media profiles.
  4. Speaking of social media – control who can access that private information.
  5. Sensor yourself. Remove any sensitive information about yourself that you have in your profiles and think before you post things online.
  6. Clear your cookies.In the internet world cookies are used by many websites and placed on your computer to track every move and create a profile of you, often without your consent.