I can see everything you do.Every time you log into this course or click on a link, I know.
How?The eLC tracks your every move using your digital fingerprint.
Like the fingerprint on yourthumb, your computer is unique. Your IP address, your settings, theprograms you use, the websites youvisit, your login names, etc. create a “fingerprint” that distinguishes your computer from mine. (Fenlon par. 2)
This doesn’t only apply to the eLC.It applies to every website you visit.
You can delete the list of sites thatyou’ve visited in your Internet browser and the cookies stored on your computer, but you can’t delete your computer’s digital fingerprint. Ever.
The police and companies can use this information to track your activity on the Internet.The eLC uses your login information to track you as well.
This means that, on the eLC, your teacher knows if you clicked on a forum post, tried to submit an assignment, or watched a required video.They even know when you did it. They also know if you didn’t.
Creepy, huh?That’s why you should always be careful on the Internet… … and on the eLC.Now click on the next assignment. I’ll know whether or not you did.
Works CitedFenlon, Wesley. “How Digital Fingerprinting Works.” 24 July 2012. < http://computer. howstuffworks.com/digital- fingerprinting3.htm>