Humans can leave traces of information in a variety of ways using technology, which we refer to as digital footprints. It is a data trail that an individual inadvertently leaves online in a passive manner. Depending on the situation, they can be kept in a variety of ways. An internet database could store a footprint. The footprint may keep track of the user’s IP address, when it was formed, where it originated from, and how it was examined subsequently. Administrators can access and view the machine’s actions in an offline environment without knowing who performed them. Apps that use geolocations, websites that download cookies to your device, and browser history are all examples of passive digital footprints.
Active digital footprints are intentional, as information is willingly posted or shared. Depending on the circumstances, they can also be stored in a variety of ways. When a user is logged into a site and makes a post or change, the registered name is linked to the edit in an online environment, a footprint is created. When the owner of the computer uses a keylogger in an offline environment, a footprint may be stored in files. Logs can reveal which actions were carried out on the machine and who carried them out. The keylogger has a feature that checks the clipboard for changes. Social media posts, video or image uploads, and changes to various websites are all examples of active digital footprints.
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