Unit 3: Task – Digital Traces

Ways humans can leave traces of information with the use of technologies

  1. Browser Cookies – When you visit a website, third-party trackers (cookies, web beacons, flash cookies, pixel tags, etc) get stored on your computer.
  2. Information entered in Mobile Apps – Most apps on your phone ask you to enter your Personal details before giving you the access to use it, that information may/may not be stored in company’s big database.
  3. Social Media CheckIns – Location tracker
  4. Using Public Networks

Your devices – computers, mobile phones, and tablets – are constantly telling others where you are. Your mobile phone in particular is a very effective tracking device: Where you go, it goes, and it records your location all the time – even when you’re not connected to the internet.

Below is a little video that explains how websites track browsing activity, how cookies work to track your digital activities.


Here is a little tool that tells about the digital traces you’re leaving – how many, what kinds, and from what devices.

Follow the link and find out your digital shadow – https://myshadow.org/trace-my-shadow

See below a snapshot of my digital traces.


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