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Defend Your Data: Shrink your digital footprint by creating fewer accounts and clearing cookies

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The more accounts you create, the easier it is for people to find the online story of you. In support of Data Privacy Week, Information Technology Services offers tips for shrinking your digital footprint.

1. Search yourself online. This can help you realize how much information is already publicly available and generate ideas on how to change that.

2. Resist the urge to create a new account. You may not need an account for a service you’ll only use once. Consider selecting “Continue as Guest” instead. 

3. Clear your browsing history. Websites, apps and platforms track your movements using “cookies,” or small pieces of data that identify your device. Regularly clear your web browser history and the stored cookies. 

4. Keep current on data security events. Have I Been PWNED is a website you can use to see if your email or phone number has been involved in a major data disclosure incident and, if so, what to do about it. 

5. Use a password manager. Keeper is an example of a service that helps you strengthen passwords and confirm you aren’t reusing any. 

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