A great deal of what I do in my personal and professional life is done online, from logging onto our open source library management system to SSO for authentication purposes, to Google for browsing. Then there’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, the list goes on and on, so then my digital footprint must be endless. In saying that I am very careful not to give personal information to websites I am unfamiliar with. At no time do I respond to phishing emails or download illegal software. When I use free or public Wi-Fi I only do so to browse, conscious not to give any personal information or log in to online banking accounts or alike.
The terms and conditions are not something I would commonly read in the main for apps or downloads, so no, I rarely give informed consent, especially as far as social media is concerned. I must add this to my new to do list, especially with the latest Facebook controversy. I am guilty of using a derivation of passwords. Unfortunately I cannot see myself changing this behaviour, since so much of my daily routines performed online requiring passwords, it would be impossible to be too obscure with them.
All-in-all I consider myself relatively careful about my digital footprint. I always think before I post a personal picture. I never click on an email where I do not know the sender. My online banking is only performed over a secure network. As with a number of previous ‘Things’ my eyes have been opened much wider since this task. I will be taking added precautions to consciously reduce my digital footprint going forward.
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