Whenever you use a digital device and for example browse the internet and visit websites, you leave behind small traces of your activities.


2::Cookies
3::Digital Footprints
1::Login Details

This is not the correct answer; cookies though form an example of digital trace. More precisely, cookies are small information items (text files) stored in user’s PCs only and used widely by online service providers for several purposes, such as to capture user preferences (language, background colors , etc.), to identify the user when he/she uses a shopping list, to etc. Note also that cookies can be used for other purposes such as behavioural advertising, which should not be the case unless the user provides his/her explicit consent.

The correct answer is Digital footprints: it is a general term, describing the traces that are left by users when they interact in digital environments and use digital devices. These footprints can be passive when these traces are collected by third parties without knowledge of the user; this could include for instance the time and day when you visited a specific website. Footprints can also be active, when the user deliberately leaves information, such as posts on a Social Network Website.

 

This is the correct answer. Digital footprints refer to a general term that describes traces that are left by users when they interact in digital environments and use digital devices. These footprints can be passive when these traces are collected by third parties without knowledge of the user; this could include for instance the time and day when you visited a specific website. Footprints can also be active when the user deliberately leaves information, such as posts on a Social Network Website.

 

This is not the correct answer. With the term Login Details we refer to the username and password you use for accessing online services. The correct answer is Digital footprints: traces that are left by users when they interact in digital environments and use digital devices. These footprints can be passive when these traces are collected by third parties without knowledge of the user; this could include for instance the time and day when you visited a specific website. Footprints can also be active when the user deliberately leaves information, such as posts on a Social Network Website.

 


These activities can be stored both in your device and also by the websites visited.

What is the common name given to these traces?