How long have you been on the internet? Just think about it for a second.
Think about the very first email address you created. Did you use Netscape Navigator? Did you visit AskJeeves?
Move on from there for moment. The moment you had your first internet chat. Did you use MSN? Yahoo? Remember that dreary grey window with your first excitement of what we call emoticons today?
Don’t laugh. Stick with me here.
Move on from that. The first profile you created. MySpace? Facebook? Then you started to use Skype. You bought your first item online. You then signed up to internet banking – and today, you can’t actually remember the last time you physically stepped foot in your bank?
We do everything online. We buy, we sell, we share, we talk, we commit, we break up, we learn, we offend, we fall in love. All of this contributes to our digital footprints.
So, let’s break it down a little. If you have at least 1 of these, then you have a digital footprint. If you have most of these, then your digital footprint is, I’m afraid to say, huge.
And every now and then, sometimes more often then we like to admit, we hear of internet security issues, or profile impersonation. In fact, an entire reality tv series developed on the basis of profile impersonation. That’s how real things have become.
So. What happens when you get yourself into a situation and you need to become forgotten? And Quickly?
Just how easy is it to become obscure. To delete your digital footprint. To become incognito for a while.
Not that easy.
We recently received a request for something that was quite different from what we usually do. Where we’ve been asked so often to create, broadcast, amplify a digital footprint, this particular request was 100% contradictory to that. We were asked to help someone escape.
And we did. With effort. But we did.
Over the course of the next few blogs, we’re going to share some security tips to help you safeguard your digital footprint.
But right now, why not change your passwords? It’s about time.