- Install and activate an anti-virus/anti-spyware product and install a firewall.
- Turn on automatic updates so all your software receives the latest fixes.
- Don't share very personal information on publicly accessible Internet sites.
- Periodically search for your name online to see the extent of your digital footprint.
- Try to avoid clicking on shortened URLs whether in an email or on a website.
- Never submit financial or sensitive information at the request of an email.
How could we live without the Internet? Many of us don't realise just how much of our lives we put online. With information about us being generated online faster than we ourselves upload it, it's time to think about what we share and with whom.
User awareness is the most important weapon against many of today's online threats. But we can limit how much people know about us online by thinking before we share so much of our personal information.
In a world where our online presence matters almost as much as our physical presence, it is critical to learn how to monitor and manage your virtual identity. A "Digital Footprint" is a term used to describe just how much of our lives and habits are recorded online. While you may not be able to control all the information about you online, there are some steps you can take to ensure your digital footprint or your online presence accurately represents you.