Did you know that digital identities can be individuals, organizations, communities, or electronic devices in cyberspace? The owner of a digital identity can project more than one digital persona. However, security and privacy are the most important things in managing a digital identity. Let's look at what exactly is meant by digital identity.
Understanding Digital Identity
A digital identity is a collection of unique features and characteristics belonging to an individual that is stored and used for identification and authentication in online services or online transactions.
Several other definitions quoted from BBVA's research results are:
1. Digital identity is a representation of an entity in the form of one or more attributes that make the entity distinguishable in a context. – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
2. Digital identity is an item inside or outside the information and communication technology system, such as a person, organization, device, subsystem, or group that has a unique or distinctive characteristic as an identifier. – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
3. A digital identity is a collection of individual attributes that describe an entity in which that entity can participate and perform transactions. – The World Economic Forum
From the above definitions, it can be concluded that digital identity can be summed up as the credentials that people use to identify themselves.
The Importance of Digital Identity
A person’s identity may consist of name, date of birth, nationality, domicile, resident number, social media accounts, accounts on buying and selling sites, or other required information depending on the type of service to be used. This information can be found on government-issued documents such as driver's licenses, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, or health cards.
The role of digital identity is not limited to the use of services or online transactions but also includes self-reputation. Information used for digital identity is issued by authorized institutions and for analysis of individual behavior.
Use of Digital Identity in Daily Activities
The use of digital identity is closely related to our daily activities, such as when we go to work, when we start various activities, and when we finish them. Here are some examples of how and when digital identity is used:
Unlocking your smartphone with face verification;
Using online transportation services after the driver's identity has been confirmed as stated in the application;
Using digital signatures for document authentication when working remotely, making workflows faster and more convenient;
Doing online shopping on e-commerce sites or your favorite sites with a verified account;
Easy synchronization of swab results automatically using an app accessed using digital identity;
Carrying out secure financial transactions using identity verification;
Integrating digital identity in social media accounts with apps or proprietary software.
Tips for Preventing Digital Identity Leaks
Did you know that in recent years, the number of cases of data leaks has increased? The risk of identity theft and fraud is also on the rise.
Here are some actions you can take to minimize digital-identity leaks:
Do not post personal information such as financial data, personal documents, travel tickets/boarding passes, selfies with ID cards, or your current location on social media.
Keep all aspects of your digital identity - e-mail, telephone numbers, addresses, and other personal information from other unauthorized parties - confidential.
Be careful when opening links. Check the URL addresses of email attachments and visited sites so as not to inadvertently access fake sites that want to steal your personal data.
With advances in technology, identity verification now uses a more secure system (i.e. not only codes and passwords but also biometric-based identity verification) to prevent digital identity forgery.
Protect Your Digital Identity with VIDA Verify
Verification technology with biometrics helps prevent a person's digital identity being stolen, falsified, or misused by other parties, and mitigates the risk of cybercrime such as illegal access or fake identities can be prevente.
Definition of Biometric Identity Verification
Biometric-based identity verification is an identity verification system that uses a person's biological identity, physical characteristics, or behavior.
The purpose of this system is to make identity verification more accurate, able to properly prove a person's identity so as to minimize the potential for forgery or identity theft. A simple example of identity verification with biometric technology is when you are asked to perform a facial scan to access your smartphone. The result is that the verification process becomes more accurate, secure and non-transferable, with this face scanning technology providing security and convenience at the same time.
VIDA Verify Security Solutions
VIDA has a digital security solution with VIDA Verify that can prevent users from risk and identity fraud with an identity verification solution to find out the identity of customers.
Make sure you work with a provider that has been officially registered, such as VIDA. VIDA has a VIDA Verify service that is able to compare biometric and demographic data with national databases. The technology used by VIDA is world-class technology that has been recorded at the top of the globally recognized standardization issued by NIST and has an accuracy of up to 99.5% so it is safe and reliable.
In addition, VIDA is also the only provider of electronic certificates (PSrE) in Indonesia with WebTrust certification as a guarantee of globally recognized internet security standards.