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What is a digital footprint? 

 

When we walk on sand, we leave a trail of footprints behind. Similarly, we leave footprints online; we leave records and traces behind as we use the Internet. Have you ever wondered what you may have left behind when you’re online? Should you care? The answer is yes! 

 

Your digital footprint may contribute to your online reputation. It may benefit but also be a risk to you at the same time.  

 

Your footprint may include information such as: 

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Location Based Services (LBS) is a technology widely used to identify a smartphone device’s geographical location.   Smartphones have a built-in feature which uses GPS and cell tower locations to pinpoint your approximate location. This allows you to post your exact location through social media or other apps.   

 

There are growing locations-based applications (apps) and games that allow you to tell others where you are and what you are doing. For example, many social media apps allow you to type in your location or post your position on a map.  

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There are a growing number of location-based apps available for smartphone and other devices, making it easy to show your friends and family where you are and what you’re doing. Smartphones have a built-in feature which uses GPS and cell tower locations to pinpoint your approximate location. This allows you to post your location online through social networking sites or apps and is also used by location-based services such as maps. The location data can also be embedded in photos you take on your smartphone. 

 

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Your personal information is valuable and should be kept private. By maintaining your privacy, you are reducing the risk of having your identity stolen by a fraudster.