Setup: Everything you do online leaves a trail—a digital footprint. Just like a detective, a savvy hacker can piece together a lot of information about you by following your footprints. If you aren’t very careful with your digital devices, your personal data may be vulnerable to cyberattack.
Time needed: 20 minutes
To get started, ask yourself the question: how can I balance living in a digital world with safeguarding my privacy and personal information?
Then, think about all the activities that you do in a typical day, both online and off. How vulnerable do you think you are to cyberattacks, like identity theft or cyberstalkers, when you're doing these day-to-day activities?
Once you have some ideas, gather your sticky notes, highlighter, and pen. Each sticky note will represent one hour of the day.
Then, list both online and offline activities that you do on a typical day on each sticky note, from morning until bedtime. Once you’ve written on the notes, place them in chronological order on an open wall or on the floor.
Next, use a highlighter to highlight any of your activities that could be a potential personal data vulnerability. In deciding which activities to flag, it may be helpful to ask yourself questions like:
Give yourself ten minutes to map out the day's activities by the hour and flag any potential personal data vulnerabilities.
Then, brainstorm how you can better guard your movements throughout the day, both online and off. Write any solutions on the appropriate flagged sticky note.
Then, wrap up the activity by reading the Things to Know below.
THINGS TO KNOW:
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