Quilter’s Information Security experts share their thoughts on how you can protect your digital footprint.
Social media has been a game changer in the way we live our modern lives: in the way we do business, connect with people, how we learn, and share information, and of course it kept us connected through lockdowns.
But every time we interact with any social media platform (from Facebook to fitness tracking apps to ‘professional’ sites like LinkedIn), we give away information about ourselves. This creates our ‘Digital Footprint’ that, when added up and layered from a variety of sources, can paint a very accurate picture of ourselves. So much so, that according to this 2015 study, Facebook can predict your personality better than your parents or best friends.
Publicly available information we give to social media is therefore a gold mine for a cybercriminal, and can leave us open to scams and fraud.