Summer holidays means more time for your kids to be sitting at home, unsupervised at the computer. The Internet may help us do many tasks now that we couldn’t easily do before, and gathers up information from around the planet with a simple click of a mouse.
Your computer is a source of a lot of “invisible” information that continues to be gathered about you and your habits, a kind of a footprint stored in history. This is information about you and your children is available to outside companies.
Every time you search online for a product, infor-mation about your shopping habits is stored and then can be retrieve by others without you knowing it. That is why suddenly you see similar products on your browser.
What you should know:
- Each time you visit a website, your IP address is logged and can reveal to others where you live or at least, which computer connection you are using.
- Most browsers have a history tab that reveals to anyone else using that computer where you have visited. This can be embarrassing if, for example, you are searching for answers to a medical or financial problem, doing confidential research for a client or project, checking an online dating site, even planning a surprise party or event.
What can you do?
To prevent the footprint, you can do one of the following:
- Search for an online program that fakes your IP address;
- Turn off your history setting on your browser (sometimes called Privacy Setting);
- Consider using a public Internet computer.