Your Digital Footprint

Your personal stamp on the web

What is a digital footprint?

It is the word used to describe the trail, traces or "footprints" that people leave online.

What is it used for?

It is used to get personal information about. Websites use cookies(which are small files websites store on your computer after your first visit to track user activity) to find your race, religion, martial status, interests and political affiliations. What you post and look up also adds to your digital footprint. This also helps websites gain more information about to help them reach out to you in different ways.

Things the internet that use Digital Footprints.

These websites use your digital footprint to track your daily routines and interests. shopping sites might send you an email of items similar to the ones you were viewing. If you were shopping on amazon and opened a new tab to login to Facebook, an ad may pop up showing items that were similar to the items that you were browsing. Social media can even further more use your digital footprint by showing ads, videos, and posts of things that you are interested in. Search engines use your digital footprint by keeping a history of the sites that you have visited. When you go to type something in the search engine, the engine might display suggestions of what you might be searching for.

Ways to have a positive digital footprint

  • Search appropriate things online
  • Use safe sites
  • Not talking to strangers on the internet
  • Using strong non personal passwords
Digital Footprints

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