Online identity is a social presence that an internet user stablishes in online communities and websites such as Facebook or twitter.
By expressing opinions on blogs and other social media, users define a tacit identity, which can be considered as actively constructed presentation of one’s self. Many people like myself prefer to use a pseudonym as our personal identity while many others prefer to use their names online.
But what is identity?
Identity is personal identifiable information, this is sensitive information that can be used on its own or combined with other information to identify someone, specifically is any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual. through a name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, home address or email address, passport number, driver’s license number, credit card numbers, telephone number, or any other information that is linked to a specific person.
Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without permission. Thieves can run up your credit accounts, get new credit cards, medical treatment, or a job, write stolen or fake, or altered checks, siphon checking and savings accounts, or take out loans for large ticket items, all in your name.
Easy to access for convenience = easy for others to access
And while most of us is aware of the risks of the digital world and we like to believe that what we have is secured there are several risks that happen every day and we have to take in account like for example, there are several web pages where we store our passwords but if there is a security breach and our information is compromised, the atackers may gain our passwords and more information, In the real world many people recicle the same passwords for diferent websites and losing one password compromises several websites. We have to take into accound that the information we handle to companies has to be secured equally to not be tranpased by other people and this is another flaw in security.