What Defines Digital Identity?
Whether you’re on Facebook every hour or online just to pay bills, virtually everyone in the United States has a digital identity.
Having a digital identity isn’t bad; in fact, it helps identity proof yourself when a potential employer, security system, or federal agency needs you to prove who you are. But what is concerning about having a digital identity is the lack of security that surrounds your online presence.
If your digital identity is not handled properly, everything from your reputation, personal information, and finances can be used against you.
You can’t avoid having a digital identity, so it’s important to be proactive and take charge of securing who you are. Business bank First Republic recently wrote about how to best secure your digital identity in the 21st century. A key highlight from the article is to use multi factor authentication to secure and lock all of your accounts.
- 87% of Americans regularly go online.
- Everything you do online — form searching, shopping, posting, or emailing — leaves an imprint on your online presence.
- Your government and medical records, assets, and bank accounts are also stored online, and that builds up your digital identity as well.
- A sabotaged digital identity can affect your reputation, your personal information, and your financial situation.
Having to secure your digital identity sounds intimidating, but as long as you focus on staying aware with who you’re giving your information to and implement multi factor authentication security to your online accounts, you’re well on your way to identity proofing yourself online.
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