Spring cleaning? Don’t forget about your digital footprint

Spring cleaning? Don’t forget about your digital footprint

Here are some quick and easy tips to help you clean up your cyber-clutter and keep your digital footprint tidy

You’ve probably heard the phrase “digital footprint” before, but do you really know what it is? Your social media content, various online payment transactions, location history, emails sent, messages sent through instant messaging platforms, and passport usage – these are just some of the data that makes up your digital footprint.

Depending on how you approach your privacy on the internet, and what your social media habits are, this data could be gathered and used to create a comprehensive portrait of you. Data that could be abused by threat actors for all kinds of nefarious purposes or it could be sold on dark web marketplaces. Moreover, if you tend to overshare, the information could be misused by an online stalker, cyberbullies or scammers. If you’re still skeptical, remember this piece of internet wisdom: “everybody is a target”.

The good news is that there are easy steps you can take to clean up your digital clutter. You needn’t become a hermit; it’s more about making smart choices and striking a balance between privacy and convenience.

Audit your social media accounts and privacy settings

Your first course of action is to take a deep dive into the privacy settings of your various social media accounts; this includes combing through who can view your accounts and how much information they’re able to see. This may prove to be a bi ..