Lesson 4.6: Digital Privacy Guidelines

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On this page, you will learn more about protecting your digital privacy.


  • Evaluate how secure your passwords are and make the necessary changes.
  • Log out of a website before you exit.
  • Create a secondary e-mail account and make up personal details such as your birthday and address if you need to fill in online forms for contests, comments, etc. Read about how some Canadian websites are inappropriately passing personal information  to third-party sites such as advertisers.
  • Go to a trusted adult if you come across material or messages that make you feel uncomfortable or threatened.
  • Learn as much as you can about identity theft. Read this consumer tipsheet  from Service Alberta.

  • Don't share your passwords.
  • Don't enable the browser or a website to remember your password.
  • Don't leave your computer/laptop open in class while you attend to something else.
  • Don't fill in forms for contests, rebates, or draws that ask for personal information such as your birthday, social insurance number, and home mailing address.
Achieving digital security, Generationsafe.ikeepsafe.org,
Retrieved September 2012
Online safety tips, Media Smarts, 2012
Identity theft consumer tip sheet, Service Alberta, 2012
  • No matter what your privacy settings are, everyone can see your name, your profile photo, the name of your school, and your other networks.
  • Never assume complete privacy. Things that are embarrassing or incriminating will always come out in the open eventually.
  • Let your friends know you have boundaries. Tell them in person what you are comfortable with them posting and what you don't like.
  1. If you are on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites, go through your privacy settings carefully and ensure that you are choosing specifically who has access to your posts and other information. Then, go through your profiles and posts to ensure that you are protecting your digital security. For a video tutorial and more information, go to the Consumer Reports page on Facebook and Your Privacy.
  2. Check out this photo geotagging article for information on how you might be inadvertently disclosing your location. Then check your settings.
  3. Watch this Canadian documentary with friends and family: , A look at the unexpected consequences of people sharing their personal information online.
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Are your social networking sites a hacker's dream?
Look at this infographic  adapted from Trend Labs and find out.

The Risks of Posting in Social Networks, Trend Micro, September 2012