Why your digital footprint matters

Why your digital footprint matters

With some recent high profile cases currently circulating in the media, this blog will show you why your digital footprint matters.

What is a digital footprint?

A digital footprint is the trail of data that is collected when you are using the internet. This includes everything that you are involved with online. Some examples include:

  • The websites you visit
  • The emails you send
  • Information you send to online services
  • Social media activity – likes, dislikes, comments and shares

Social media updates are a quick way to increase your digital footprint. Every time you update your status on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, it all add to your digital footprint. This is why it is important to be responsible online.

This is something to not worry about as everyone who uses the internet creates their own personal digital footprint. However, it is good to know what you are leaving behind.

Sending a message, comment or a post that could come and haunt you later in life is caused by your digital footprint holding your information.

What jobs could be affected by an employee’s digital footprint?

Here are some examples of jobs which could look at an employee’s footprint:

  • Emergency services
  • CCTV Operator
  • Armed forces careers
  • Politician
  • Celebrities
  • Caring work such as Doctors, Nurses and Healthcare Assistants
  • Charity work
  • YouTubers
  • Youth Worker
  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants

 

You may not be able to find your dream job as your potential new employer has looked at your social media and found that you had been making inappropriate comments, messages or posts. Even if this could have been from 5 years ago and has been deleted, there is no guarantee that it is permanently removed from the internet …

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