Unit 3: Human Traces of Information Online


From what I can think of in my experience of using technology, humans can leave traces of information through technology by:

– Accessing apps such as Snapchat, Facebook messenger, or Discord can allow people in your contact list to be able to see when you were last online.
– Similarly, if enabled, social media app, Snapchat, shows your location to people in your contact list.
– Your webpage browser history and search bar history, if you’re not on private browser, leaves behind the information of where you’ve been on the internet.
– On any online sites, you have supplied your email, and someone sends you a spam email (I don’t want to lose weight trying some miraculous liquid).

Here is an online article link about email spams: https://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/spam.htm

Given the technology dominance of today, most people have some access to technology and the online world. To me, it can feel bizarre that we have the real world, and it gets linked to an online world that isn’t real to fulfil a purpose. For example, creating a social media account to follow a person and getting updated about their cats. The online world is great for many things. It’s efficient, entertaining and helpful. However, one thing for sure between the real world and the online world is that we need to keep our privacy in check and be aware of the information we supply.

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