Digital Identities and Digital Security

Digital security has always been a big issue with the technology we have today. There are so many people and organisations out there trying to access private information. The internet has never been a secure place and there are certain things we can do in order to make sure our use of the internet is safe.

Schneier (1963, 3) suggests that over time the internet may become less secure as the security protocols become more sophisticated. I have chosen to focus on identity fraud in my blog.

So what is identity fraud? On the website (Business Dictionary 2016) it is described as someone who gathers a victim’s personal and private information in order to use it for their own benefit. So why would someone want to do this? There are two distinct reasons as mentioned by  (Datenshutz and Datensicherheit 2006, 554) in their studies, they have described these two distinct reasons, these are:

1. Identity Collision- This is usually unintentional, mainly due to persons having the same name or very similar identities.

2.Identity Takeover- When someone takes over someone’s identity without them knowing.

This could potentially be very dangerous with younger people who don’t know the risks involved when putting personal information on the internet. Monitoring and teaching children self-awareness about the hazards of putting any type of personal information of the internet should be a top priority, as it is too easy in this day and age for people with malicious intents to use private information to their advantage.

There is an interesting website (linked below) that walks you through all the different ways to keep safe. It also includes not only the internet but a wide range of other technologies.

Click here to view website

In conclusion, being aware and capable of changing privacy settings and realising what is appropriate to share with the world, will enable us to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the world wide web.

Bruce Schneier.1963. Digital Security in a Networked World. United States of America: Wiley Computer Publishing

Business Dictionary.2016.What is identity fraud?.http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/identity-fraud.html

Datenschutz and Datensicherheit.2006.”Identity theft, identity fraud and/or identity related crime.”Definitions matter” 30(9):553-556.doi:10.1007/s11623-006-0141-2

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