Digital traces are information about what you’ve been doing while using your computer, phone or other digital device. This can include things like:
- Websites you visited.
- Words you searched.
- Your answers to online forms.
- Videos you watched online.
- Files and images you downloaded.
It’s easy to create digital traces without even knowing it. And it’s possible for other people to see your digital traces, especially if they have access to your devices or know your passwords.
It’s difficult to stop creating digital traces completely. But there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself and your privacy.