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Manage Your Digital Footprint

Once information is online, sometimes it can be impossible to remove. Therefore, you should be conscientious of your visible online presence, also known as your digital footprint. Criminals and fraudsters may utilize this information against you in various ways. The more information that is out there, the more information that is accessible for social engineering and ID theft scams. Additionally, this content may be accessed at some point by an outside source doing an assessment of you, such as for college admission or a new job.

Be cautious of what you post online, and use the recommendations below to manage your digital footprint!


  • Map your digital footprint.
  • Look at all the social networking sites and forums that you belong to, and search what information about you is available.
  • Clean up your digital footprint.
  • Remove any photos, content, and links that may be inappropriate or reveal too much information.
  • Be selective about who you authorize to access your information.
  • Use the privacy features of your browser and of the various websites you frequent to reduce the visibility of your information.
  • Since many comments on public websites can be publicly seen, monitor and moderate comments associated with you to maintain a positive digital footprint.
  • Consider using the "block comments" feature or setting your social networking profile to "private" so that only designated individuals can view your information.
  • Think before you post.

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