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Digital Footprint Concept

Information is often saved to web sites as you use them. Your "digital footprint" is the trail, traces or footprints that you leave behind as you use the internet.

How does it work?

Anytime a user visits and enters data into a web site they should be aware that the data they enter could be stored, shared or used by the web site. Examples of data range from information updated on social networking sites such as Facebook, to words searched for on search engines such as Google.

What risk does it pose?

Unlike traditional paper trails, your digital footprint is recorded and stored across different web sites on the internet. This can make it more difficult to remove confidential or sensitive information from your footprint at a later date.

If you are not careful about what personal information is available online other users could be able to gather enough information from your footprint to steal your identity, bypass passwords on your email account or learn a great deal about your life.

How can I avoid it from happening?

• Do an internet search of your name to understand what the rest of the world can find out about you from your digital footprint.
• Remove your information from a web site, or request that it is removed from a web site if you are unhappy with the level of the information that others can see in your digital footprint.
• Think about the amount of information you make freely available to people online. Think before you type.

Top Tips

• Be suspicious of sites that ask you for detailed personal information.
• Monitor your digital footprint by searching for yourself online
• Never post personal information that may be used to answer security questions such as forgotten passwords