You can control your online presence to make sure that you stay safe online and protect your identity. As well as choosing the sites you use carefully, you can control your passwords, settings, apps and connections to networks in order to manage the flow of your information.
What is your digital footprint?
Your Digital Footprint is the trail of data you create when using the internet. See advice from Solent Students on how to manage your digital footprint at university.
You can also read this articleby Rasmussen College on how to manage your digital footprint as a student.
Passwords prove your identity when logging on to computers, social media accounts, online shopping and websites, and protect your security and identity. It is likely that you will have passwords to many different systems. Ensure that your passwords are strong and that you change them regularly to protect your identity. You may want to use a password manager to keep track of all your passwords.
Be aware of your privacy settings when using search engines and social media sites. Sites have default privacy settings which are often set to automatically share your data and make your information public. Data protection laws are constantly evolving so it is recommended that you check your privacy settings often. Adjust your settings to a level which you are comfortable with. You can read this guide to managing your privacy settings.
Click on the links below to be taken to the settings pages for these common applications:
Downloading apps onto your devices means accepting the terms of the app provider and sharing your data with them. See these guidelines from the regulator Ofcom, on how to manage your apps. Also be aware that web browsers you open on your devices may track your browsing habits.
Connecting to wifi
Each time you connect to a wifi network you are sharing information with that network. You should only log into networks which you trust. Watch this video to see the implications of connecting to wifi networks.