Digital identities and digital security


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In basic terms, a digital identity or digital tattoo is the internet or network equivalent to someone’s real world identity. (What is Digital Identity, 2017) Digital identities are a permanent collection of data about any individual that can be seen online. Data such as; photo’s, blogs, tweets etc. that are posted online are a part of our digital identity. (How are you defining YOUR digital identity?, 2015) For example, most social media platforms, like Facebook, require the user to provide some descriptive data about themselves, such as; their name, date of birth and relationship status. By entering these details on online social media platforms it becomes a part of your digital identity as your details about your identity can be viewed on these platforms. (What is Digital Identity?, 2017) Someone’s digital identity isn’t just labelled as what’s said on tweets, posts and blogs etc. but also through an individual’s self-expression through the representation they create of themselves to do with account names, avatars, display names and photographs. Companies can also have a digital identity. This can be seen as businesses create online profiles and websites to do business online and advertise. (What is Digital Identity?, 2017)

Digital security is the protection of one’s digital identity. (Digital Identity, 2015) Digital security can be seen as the tools that are available on social media platform’s such as Facebook and Twitter that enables privacy and for only exclusive details to be seen by friends and family. The main purpose of digital security is to keep someone’s personal details private and only accessible to the individual. A digital identity ounce created can never be deleted, for example, if someone post a photo on Facebook but after a few days decides to delete it, the photo will still remain somewhere in the digital world. (Digital Identity and Security, 2016) The most basic level of digital security is the password, which is self-explanatory. However, new implications such as there being a limited number of attempts at entering the correct password adds an extra layer of security. (What is Digital Security, 2014)


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