The Internet offers a wealth of information that would have taken days, weeks, and even months to access by conventional means. However, this accessibility comes with a price. With all the social networking sites a person’s private information can be viewed by everyone. This project involves searching the Internet for personal and private information and finding ways to protect it.
This project will explore how easy it is to collect information on the Internet about yourself and others. By searching for personal information we will be able to see what kind of information is available and how we can take precautions to keep our information private.
- Internet connection
- Go to Google.com and search your name. Search nicknames and your full name.
- In what position is the first link with information about you?
- If you did not find anything using your name or if others with your name appear which overshadows your information add your home state, school name, work place, or other unique identifier.
- If you find a website with your information go to the site and record what information you find. Can you determine the origin of this information?
- If you find photos of yourself record the site. Can you determine the origin of the photos?<
- If you can pinpoint the origin of your information are you able to delete or make the information private? Try to delete or hide your information and repeat your search.
- You can also search for your family members and friends. Alert them of the potential dangers of having information available on the Internet.
Warning is hereby given that not all Project Ideas are appropriate for all individuals or in all circumstances. Implementation of any Science Project Idea should be undertaken only in appropriate settings and with appropriate parental or other supervision. Reading and following the safety precautions of all materials used in a project is the sole responsibility of each individual. For further information, consult your state’s handbook of Science Safety.