The internet is a big and unforgiving space. In this paper we explore what is the ‘digital footprint’ that we all leave as we move around the online world and how that might affect what happens in the offline world. In the past it was said that ‘today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s chip-paper’, but now what we post online is available today and tomorrow and for years to come. The question is ‘should we be worried about this’, how might it affect our reputation, are younger people sufficiently aware of what the future consequences of their online activities might be? How might we all ‘protect’ ourselves?