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Some people think that it they can say and do what they like online, however this is not true.
Whenever you use the internet you leave tracks, like digital footprints. These can be used to pin down what you’ve been doing, which sites you look at, who you chat to and even where you log on from. Although you may feel that you’re anonymous when you’re on the internet it’s simply not true.

  • Every website keeps a record of the computers that look at it.
  • Every email you send passes through other people’s computers.
  • There are even special programs to monitor what you’re doing
  • Some computers have spyware that tracks everything you type.
  • Schools and parents might be checking on your internet use.

At the lowest level, every internet-connected computer is identified by a number, called an IP address (Internet Protocol). Whenever you connect to another computer, it has to know your IP address and might keep a record of it. If that address can be linked to your computer, it’s pretty obvious which websites you’ve been visiting and what applications you are using.

If you try very hard you can reduce the chances that you’ll be tracked, but it takes a lot of technical skill and even then there are no guarantees.

Don’t assume that you are anonymous online, if you behave badly or break the law it can be tracked back to you.


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