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Can You Clean Up You & Your Business's Digital Footprint?

12.01.20

Most people have heard about a carbon footprint. But have you heard of a digital footprint? Synergy Infosec offers tools to clean up your business's digital footprint like our Domain Profiler, also known as Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

Can You Clean Up You & Your Business's Digital Footprint?


October 23, 2020


Most people have heard about a carbon footprint. But have you heard of a digital footprint? According to Netsafe, "Unlike a beach footprint which will eventually fade away, the internet – and any electronic 'event' in general – doesn't work the same way. It's safe to assume that anything you do, publish or post online may be there permanently and won't be 'washed away.'" Netsafe explains that "The information you share online can be used to build up a picture of you as a person and your activities and interests. It's important to think about who can see that information, and to remember that even if you have tight privacy settings, others can copy the content and pass it on for the wider world." Your digital footprint can have a lasting impact on your life and reputation. 


Like anything, there are risks associated with having a large cluttered digital footprint. Most internet users create a digital footprint when they are using online services. Whatever you publish, photos, tweets, or comments can contribute to metadata being collected on you. Netsafe states that the most common risks associated with digital footprints include bullying, Publishing, or sharing sensitive imagery/video or blackmail incidents," personal/ business information that is cybersecurity attacks, or information that would lead to harming one's reputation.  



How can you clean up your digital footprint?



When posting things online, always think about what you're posting and sending online. Think about who could see the content and what will happen if it is shared beyond your intended audience.   Cleaning up your digital footprint may be as simple as doing a google search, including your name and varying information relating to you. You may be surprised to see what comes up. Wired recommends going through all social media accounts, email accounts, and cloud services to review your privacy settings. Without certainty, you could be sharing your valuable information more than you know. 


You can also clean up your business's digital footprint. Synergy Infosec offers tools like our Domain Profiler, also known as Open Source Intelligence (OSINT); this scan can help identify weak spots in your security and your competitors. Our Domain Profiler is excellent for identifying old employee information in your system. Old employee information can lead to unused systems that are no longer being updated or maintained. This is an issue because this leaves holes in your system, where hackers love to gain access to your systems. Penetration testing is also part of our Domain Profiler. This tool is specially equipped to gather information on possible penetration points to your Domain(s). Our domain profiler tool can also find information about competitor's digital footprint through open-source and legal data. This is also a great way to learn more about your competitor. This information may set you apart from your competitor, making all the difference. 

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