However the biggest downside to technology is our digital footprint. No matter what you do online wither it buying a new top, paying for your lunch, updating your social media, posting a picture or simply performing a google search you leave a footprint. Even now as I blog, every keystroke is building onto my ever enlarging digital footprint.
When I first watched the video and read the criteria for Thing 4 I was more than a little worried because most of my life works through some form of smart device. I love my technology and use it daily from counting my steps to paying for everything I buy, having went cashless a few months ago. The first step was to google myself and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Although most of what appeared was of myself as my name is not exactly common, everything appeared to be positive or neutral. The main articles were related to facebook, my nursery webpage, twitter and my blog. All of which I have very strong and secure passwords and have extensive privacy settings for the posts I do not want to be seen by the general public. I am lucky enough to have already known the dangers of a digital footprint and took steps to secure all my data as much as I possibly could when registering for SSSC and starting my career as a Childcare practitioner. Anyone of my perspective employers, parents of children or anyone I meet could simply google my name and I wanted to be in control of my first impression (even if it was a digital one).
This link provides 8 basic steps that will help you to manage your own digital footprint,
Personally I believe the best steps are personalise your privacy settings and make sure you know whats out there about you, have strong passwords and keep your devices updated to the most recent software.
The digital footprint for most is considered a necessary evil but you can make it work for you if you are in control of it. 😊