Your personal data on the internet
Internet enriches our current way of living, but it also means easy access to your personal data. Is that a problem? Not necessarily.
This is what the Internet knows of you
Almost everyone has internet access these days. And just about everyone uses social media. It enriches our current way of living, but it also means easy access to your personal data. Is that a problem? Not necessarily. Fact is though; it is next to impossible to remove it later. And that might be a problem. Your personal data could be used for identity fraud for example. So look before you leap. And if you have any suspicion don’t bother to check if your personal data is safe.
Personal data on the internet
Perhaps you are part of the group of people who think they have nothing to hide. Ask yourself this: ‘We will now put everything about you online’. Would you like that? Probably not. So there is a line you won’t cross. For instance, quite a few teenagers are genuinely unhappy about all their baby pictures, uploaded to Facebook by their happy parents. Consider being rejected for a new job on account of a weird flick or a slightly provoking holiday picture online. It might just happen, so think hard before you post. There is no way back after pressing the upload button.
Here is what you can do
The internet knows a lot about you. And it has an extremely good memory. Not just for the things you upload knowingly, but certainly every click of the mouse you make. Not happy about that? It is not all doom and gloom. The most important thing is to be aware. Does this picture really need to go online? How important is it to send this tweet? Remember the cookies that will reveal every step you made online. Every browser is capable of deleting and removing cookies. Use it. By removing these cookies regularly, you greatly decrease your digital trail. Questions? Ask them!