Keeping up with online privacy is no easy task.

What traces do you leave behind when you are online? Use this website to find out, and to do something to better manage your traces. 
 

Trace my shadow

Start here to explore your digital traces:

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Digital shadow?

Every time we interact by using technologies, our digital shadows get bigger. Go on a visual journey to learn about our digital shadows. 
 

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Trace my shadow

Trace my shadow

 This interactive visualisation helps you to find out how your online activities can endanger your privacy. It also provides tips on what you can do to manage it better.
 

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What's a digital shadow?

Shadow tracer's kit

A carefully selected set of tools that help you learn more about your digital traces and what you can do to reduce them. 
 

Get equipped

Not sure where to start? Try these first.

Privacy Badger

Privacy-Enhancing Tool

Level: Beginner

Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web.

Click&Clean

Privacy-Enhancing Tool

Level: Beginner

Click&Clean is a Firefox extension, which helps you to clear your internet history and protect your privacy in 1-click without any prompts.

NoScript

Privacy-Enhancing Tool

Level: Beginner

The NoScript Firefox add-on blocks scripts from running in your browser which protects you from possibly malicious software on your device.

HTTPS Everywhere

Privacy-Enhancing Tool

Level: Beginner

HTTPS everywhere is a browser add-on that encrypts your browser communication with all websites that support https encryption

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