Watch your digital step

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In today’s wired world, no matter what precautions we take, everyone leaves digital footprints behind.

Maybe you cover your PIN number when you enter it into an ATM. Perhaps you change and strengthen your computer passwords often. You may even refrain from posting personal information on your favorite social networking site. But in today’s wired world, no matter what precautions we take, everyone leaves digital footprints behind.  

digital footprintsAs we surf the web, as we buy things with debit or credit cards, as we use digital media, whether a phone or music player or a GPS, everything we do in this digital society is recorded in some way. That is your digital footprint.

 Often, these records are ignored but, more often, they are stored for future use on private databases – databases to which we often have zero access and of which we have zero knowledge. The primary danger posed by our digital footprints is the loss of control over our own information.  

Loss of control over our own information poses a serious threat to our privacy. One of the most obvious hazards is identity fraud. The consequences can be less dire, but still troubling, such as opening ourselves up to the scrutiny of marketers.

So, if we cannot erase our digital footprints and we cannot avoid leaving them behind, what can be done to protect ourselves and prevent our information from falling into the wrong hands?

Read the entire article at ASSA ABLOY Future Lab