Passwords, PINs, mother’s maiden name, pets’ names, and your first car. What do all of these things have in common? They give us the feeling that we are protecting our online identities. Notice that I wrote feeling, because things that can be linked to us can be used against us.
Now be honest – we’ve all found a password that we like, and used it everywhere. Email, social media, online banking – everywhere, and hoped that no account would be hacked. Actually, some studies showed that people have in average 3 different passwords, most of time very close to each other, that they use on more than 25 different online accounts.
Sometimes we are lucky and sometimes not. We all know someone whose email was hacked, and that “person” sent emails out to everyone saying that they were stuck in China and needed money to get home. Very often, you see the Twitter account of your friend posting weird topics – yes, it has been hacked. This happens all the time. Or maybe that they were in jail and needed money for bail, and all that you as a dutiful friend need to do, is to wire them money ASAP! This, however, certainly isn’t the worst thing that can happen. What if someone hacks your bank account and siphons off your life savings? Do you want to be the person who is hacked? Absolutely not! For example, information were stolen on Citigroup’s servers 3 times over the last 6 years, including Social Security Number and other valuable information.
If you are reading this blog, then you are aware of the risks and endeavor to secure your online identity. But, it is a real challenge. Unique passwords for all sites you visit and keeping straight which password goes with which site. I’m sure that you don’t have a cheat-sheet with your passwords written down! And honestly, I hope not… Then, there’s two-factor authentication for the sites that offer it.
What if there was a way to easily secure your digital ID? I’m pretty sure you would be interested in such a solution…