In today's age, it is not difficult to to look for personal information. Just using Facebook can help an individual, even criminals, know exactly what you are doing. It is very easy to know everything about a person without actually “knowing” them. On Facebook, we list our birthday, work history, school history and even cell phone numbers. Everything we do on a daily basis is can be traced with the help of our smart phones and GPS systems in our cars.
It is very important to be aware of our digital footprint. We can leave a sloppy trail that is ripe for the picking. To help prevent your identity is to make sure your security setting are on and working. Can anyone see your profile? Do you check-in to places or let everyone know you are on vacation? A criminal could be outside your home waiting for that all clear signal.
While completely erasing our digital footprints is impossible, there are sites that can help reduce it and clean it up. Next time you go online, Google your name and user IDs and see what pops up. You may be surprised at how much information you may unknowingly gave out. Check out this cool site that shows you how much of our lives are tracked: http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/koppel/interactive/interactive.html