#2 Digital Identity & Footprints : Strategy to stay safe online

s2s · May 1, 2023
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Today we’re diving into a vital topic that affects all of us in the digital age—how to manage our digital identities and footprints safely. As we increasingly live our lives online, understanding how to protect our personal information and navigate the internet securely is essential. This session will equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge to maintain your safety online.

Understanding Digital Identity and Footprints:

  • Digital Identity: This encompasses all the data and characteristics that identify you online, from your social media profiles to your online shopping behaviors.
  • Discussion Point: Think about what your digital identity includes. What do you share online that helps define who you are?
  • Digital Footprints: Every time you interact online, you leave traces of information, intentionally or unintentionally. These footprints can be active, like posts you make on social media, or passive, like data collected by websites you visit.
  • Discussion Point: Reflect on the kind of footprints you’ve left online this week. What do they say about your online behavior?

Strategies for Managing Your Online Presence:

  1. Privacy Settings: Learn to navigate and set privacy controls on various platforms to control who sees your information and how it’s used.
    • Example: Adjusting your Facebook settings to hide certain details from the public.
  2. Strong Passwords: Understand the importance of strong, unique passwords for all accounts and learn how to create them.
    • Activity: Use a password manager to generate and store complex passwords.
  3. Secure Data Storage: Discuss the significance of encrypted storage solutions and secure backups to protect sensitive data from breaches.
    • Example: Introduction to services like Google Drive’s encryption features for stored documents.

Evaluating Online Information:

  • Explore how to verify the legitimacy of websites and emails to avoid phishing attacks and scams.
  • Activity: Analyze several email examples to identify signs of phishing.
  • Learn to check the security of websites, especially when entering personal or financial information.
  • Example: Look for HTTPS in web URLs and understand what it signifies.

Managing and Minimizing Digital Footprints:

  • Learn techniques to audit and monitor your online presence to ensure your private information remains private.
  • Activity: Use Google Alerts to monitor mentions of your name or other personal identifiers online.
  • Understand the importance of periodically reviewing your digital footprints and cleaning up old or unnecessary data.
  • Discussion Point: Strategies to delete old online accounts or unnecessary posts that might pose risks.

Conclusion: Safeguarding your digital identity and footprints is a continuous process that requires vigilance and ongoing management. By employing the strategies we’ve discussed today, you can significantly enhance your online safety and protect your information from potential risks.

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