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Protecting your digital footprint

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WASHINGTON- October is named National Cyber Security Awareness Month by the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security. It is important to be aware of your digital footprint because unfortunately there is no way to get rid it. Once your information is on the internet, it never leaves. 

Your digital footprint is described as the trail of data that you leave every time you use the internet. This includes what you search online, which websites you visit, what social media you log on to, all of your emails, chats and any information you give to online services. 

There are ways you can protect your digital footprint and they are important. You should protect every online account you have with double authentication. You should also update your passwords frequently, never use the autofill option and use a different phone number than your personal one.

Danielle Kane of the Business Better Bureaus in the Tri-Cities gave some tips to setting up a different phone number. 

"Google voice offers a number that you can make that is unique to you and it will connect your new phone number to all of your accounts," she said, "so when you are signing into your accounts you are no longer putting in your cellphone number- you are putting in your Google voice number and then hackers are not able to get that information from your accounts." 

Kane warns that for young consumers this is especially important. Most young internet users have online accounts and information that have been attached to their personal phone numbers their entire lives. 

It is important to protect and manage your digital footprint every single day. 

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