Cyber Security Tip #25

Cyber Security Tip #25: Managing Your Digital Footprint

Once information is online, sometimes it can be impossible to remove. Therefore you should be conscientious of your visible online presence known as your digital footprint, as criminals and fraudsters may utilize this information against you in various ways.

Here are some recommendation for “mapping your digital footprint.” Look at all the social networking sites and forums that you belong to and search what information about you is available.

Clean up your digital footprint. Remove any photos, content and links that may be inappropriate or reveal too much information.

Be selective about who you authorize to access your information.
Use the privacy features of your browser and of the various websites you frequent to reduce the visibility of your information.

Since many comments on public websites can be publicly seen, monitor and moderate comments associated with you to maintain a positive digital footprint.

Consider using the “block comments” features or setting your social networking profile to “private” so only designated individuals can view it.

Always think before you post.

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