Cybersleuth Activity

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My partner for this activity was Courtney. The first thing I did was type her first and last name I knew her by into Google. For my first search I did not find anything at all on the first page that connected to her. If I did not know Courtney and only knew of her name, my search would pretty much have ended there.

I headed over to Facebook since we are connected on this platform. I see that her Facebook name does not include her lastname so maybe this is why I could not find her from a Google search. I headed back over there and typed in this new name and still nothing for Courtney showed up. From this, I have came to the concusion that Courtney must have very good security on her accounts to keep her social media profiles private. Good job!

I looked for Courtney on these socail media platforms:

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  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter

I could not find her on any other platforms without knowing that she uses them and being connected with her on them.

This is what I found about Courtney from just looking at her online profiles:

  • Lives in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Graduated high school from Winston Knoll
  • Born June 19, 1995
  • In a relationship
  • She is a Dance teacher at Martins School of Dance
  • She is a student at the U of R for Education, major English, minor Social Studies
  • Likes dance
  • On the U of R Dance Team

Overall, Courtney’s online presence is good. She expresses a lot of positives about her life and interests online. There is nothing that stands out that I believe a potential employer would be concerned with. I think that to anyone that doesn’t know Courtney but saw her online profiles would think that she seems like a nice woman that has an interest in dance and educating youth.

This activity has defiantly made me evaluate how I look online as well as how I impact others online. This video has reminded me that a little post contributing to a negative thing/topic is not good and can have a large impact on the person/thing it is against or even negativly impact how people view you.

As well, from reading this article talking about having different identities online and off made me think if I have witnessed this in my life. Personally I feel that my online identity mirrors my offline life and I want that to happen. I could not imagine creating a different idea of my own life online compared to what actually happens. I know that a lot of influencers do this which knocks down the confidence of anyone who sees this. I believe this highly impacts people and makes them want to make their life online look ‘better’ than it actually is. Overall, I do not think I would ever create a different online idenity for myself and do not see a use for it. I think that it is important to display your real life and your highs and lows (to an extent) during it.

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One thought on “Cybersleuth Activity

  1. Let’s say that you weren’t friends with Courtney on Facebook and when you tried to search her up on FB you couldn’t find her. So her online presence if heavily restricted or non-existing. Do you believe this to be a good thing or a bad thing and why? In today’s day and age, I feel like your online presence is just as important as your resume. But that’s just me, I’m curious to hear what you think!

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