How to remove information about yourself from the Internet?

May 23, 2024  22:09

In the digital age, when much of our lives are spent online, it is difficult to underestimate the importance of privacy and the protection of personal information. As TechInsider says, even with minimal use of social networks, our digital footprint remains available to many online services.

What is a digital footprint?

A digital footprint is any information associated with a person on the Internet. This can be personal data, publications on social networks, messages on forums and much more.

The digital footprint is divided into active and passive. An active footprint is data that a user himself places online, such as photos, comments and publications. A passive trace is collected without the person's knowledge using Cookies and other monitoring methods. Cookies are small text files that websites use to store information about the user and his online activities.

How to check your online activity?

To find out what information about you is available on the Internet, just use a search engine, enter your full name and click “Search”. This way you can find some personal data, public publications and pages on social networks.

How to protect your personal information?

There are several best practices to help reduce your digital footprint and protect your personal information:

  • Clean up your social media regularly. Delete old posts, photos and comments that may contain personal information.
  • Use private browsers. They help minimize the collection of data about your online activity.
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi hotspots. Such networks are often unsecured and can be used to steal personal data.
  • Do not create profiles on suspicious sites. Registration on unknown and unreliable platforms increases the risk of information leakage.

However, you should also remember that no matter what you do, it is impossible to completely remove information about yourself from the Internet in the modern world; you can only reduce your digital footprint. This is because data can be stored and copied by many different services and platforms, making complete deletion of it an almost impossible task.

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