Internet Privacy and Security Activity: Without A (Big) Trace: Managing Your Digital Footprint
Instructions for Your Students
What's Going on Today
Okay, CSI, let's see what trace evidence you, or others, are putting out on the Internet about you. You leave digital prints every day, of all shapes, sizes, and levels of appropriate to you-would-not-want-your-grandma-seeing-this. You probably don't know about all the info about you floating around online. So take a peek, do some research (on you!), and put together your own file, called a digital dossier. As in, the kind of files that the CIA and FBI put together. That's right, except this time it's up to you to crack the case of what's eating up bandwidth about you.
When your instructor asks you to go to the websites below, open them in your browser.
Digital Tattoo.Take the 3-question quiz on the right-hand side of the webpage, then answer the following questions:
Were the quiz results accurate? Are they right about how you spend your time online and the traces that you leave behind?
Did you already see yourself as this kind of "tattoo artist"? Were any of the results surprising to you? Are any of them at odds with how you see yourself or your behavior online?
Do you think your classmates' quiz results are accurate? Anything about them surprise you? Why or why not?
After watching the Digital Tattoo video, answer these questions:
What types of information do the first three or four individuals in the video think is out there about them on the Internet? Is it appropriate? Do you think they all feel good about it? Why or why not?
What info do you think is out there about you online? Do you feel good about what's out there? Why or why not?
When it comes to the Internet, is it helpful or harmful to have a common name that a lot of other people also have?
Search for Yourself. When your instructor tells you, search for yourself on these websites: