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8 Things To Start Doing Today to Clean Up Your Digital Footprint

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What is one thing you could start doing today to clean up your digital footprint?

To help you take the best steps to habitually clean up your digital footprint, we asked information security and privacy professionals this question for their best advice. From being more private on social media to using the Do-Not-Track feature in your browser, there are several things you should start doing to clean up your digital footprint and be proactive in maintaining your online privacy.

Here are eight things to start doing today to clean up your digital footprint:

  • Be More Private on Social Media
  • Do a Google Search for Old Accounts and Data
  • Limit Logging into Sites Through Social Media
  • Change Your Gmail Tracking Settings
  • Beware of Old Tweets
  • Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists
  • Install a Virtual Private Network to Limit Your Online Trail
  • Use the Do-Not-Track Feature in Your Browser

 

Be More Private on Social Media

People can learn a lot about you online through what you post on social media. Consider making your social media accounts private if they are not already to minimize your digital footprint. Most if not all social media platforms allow for this option. Or, at least, do not share too much on your social media accounts. While it can be fun to post about aspects of your life, you do not need to share anything too personal at the end of the day.

Nick Shackelford, Structured Agency

 

Do a Google Search for Old Accounts and Data

One easy thing you could start doing today to clean up your digital footprint is a Google search. You would be surprised to find out just how much information has accumulated over the years that you may not have been aware of. From there, you can delete and deactivate any accounts that you didn't know still existed. You could also reach out to sites that may have your information on their page, to request that it be taken down. From there, you could weed out the information you want people to see and vice versa. That said, always start out with a Google search if you want to clean up your digital footprint.

Adrian Pereira, Eco Pea Co.

 

Limit Logging into Sites Through Social Media

Delete old accounts and limit logging into sites through social media. It can be convenient to log into websites and apps through Facebook or other social media apps, but this only lengthens the trail of your digital information. Facebook will have your login information with these third party apps, which puts you at more risk. Once you have something out on social media, those companies own it. By deleting old and unused accounts, you can limit future exposure.

Stephen Skeel, 7 Wonders

 

Change Your Gmail Tracking Settings

Prohibit Google from tracking your activity through your Gmail account. For example, in your Gmail settings, customers can opt-in or opt-out of various information-sharing, such as YouTube history and search history. Many of us use Gmail for email services, yet we often look over the privacy settings of our everyday tools.

Patricio Paucar, Navi

 

Beware of Old Tweets

The dangers related to old social media posts loom largest on one platform in particular – Twitter. It’s a site that elicits strong opinions. If you've held an unpopular opinion or even liked a joke that was taboo then but downright inappropriate today, you could wind up in the cross hairs of an angry Twitter mob.

Journalists, in particular, go to Twitter a lot to dig up facts about someone, especially if that person has been appointed to a high-profile position or has become an overnight sensation. If you’re seeking a job or position that puts a brighter spotlight on you, you’d be wise to clean up your Twitter account. That's the space where you have to be mindful of your digital footprint. If you plan to clean up your Twitter account, you can do it yourself if you only have a few hundred Tweets. If you have Tweets in the thousands, you should rely on a third-party tool. There are plenty of options.

Trevor Ford, Yotta

 

Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists

One simple way to clean up your digital footprint immediately is by unsubscribing from mailing lists. Criteria for joining mailing lists varies, but chances are good you joined a few by accident, and your inbox is cluttered as a result. Anything you do not regularly read, unsubscribe from. This reduces both your digital footprint and the number of third parties that have access to your personal information.

Sheila Busheri, Universal Diagnostic Laboratories

 

Install a Virtual Private Network to Limit Your Online Trail

VPNs are a great tool for limiting your digital footprint. Installing a virtual private network can provide extra data security and protect your digital privacy. Think of VPNs like a tunnel: they create an encrypted connection between you and the internet that can shield your identity and online activity. Using a VPN reduces the risk of having your data collected, cutting down on the number of sites that get your information. By installing a VPN, you limit your online trail.

Rachel Reid, Subtl Beauty

 

Use the Do-Not-Track Feature in Your Browser

One thing you could start doing today to clean up your digital footprint is to use the Do Not Track feature in your browser. Do Not Track tells a website not to collect information about you from third-party websites or other devices that may set cookies on your computer when they are not needed. It's a simple way to protect your privacy and keep track of what sites are tracking you, but it's also an easy way to stop unwanted calls and emails from coming into your inbox, too! 

Carlos Rosado, Integrated Digital Strategies

 


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