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Why You Need a Positive Digital Footprint

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

What makes up A Digital Footprint?

Your digital footprint is made up of everything piece of information you provide online. from your name gender, email address to emails, website you visit and things you say or like on social media. Because the actions we take online say a lot about us, it is important to pay attention to our digital footprint.

Why is is important to have a positive Digital Footprint? Our digital footprint is a self portrait we paint online so it is important to ensure it is accurate, and truly displaying who we are. Our digital footprint can be traced and used by third parties for commercial use. Our digital footprint can be used to form an image about who we are. The information about everyone from this trail can be used by future employers, universities, and law enforcement offices, so it is important to make sure there is no inappropriate content about us online and that our digital footprint is positive. Also, the information we provide could be misinterpreted or misudes for theft of identity.

How do you Manage your Digital Footprint?

  • avoid sharing too much personal information online on social media and chats

  • use privacy setting to protect privacy.

  • keep track of all online accounts and be mindful of the ones you actively use and delete the ones you don't use

  • google yourself to see your online image and reputation

  • keep separate accounts for separate reasons if possible

  • keep track of your passwords and never share them online

  • regularly change your passwords

  • log off from accounts after use

  • hire a professional to uncover you true internet footprint.

Ways to Develop a Positive Footprint

  • keep personal information to a limited.

  • don't say inappropriate or disrespectful things online 

  • add positive aspects of your life online such as achievements, accomplishments, learning experiences or articles but avoid inappropriate or questionable things

  • think before you click

  • seek clear advice from cybersecurity professionals.

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