Digital Identities and Digital Security

Auditory summation: Digital Identities and Digital Security

Follow the link below to my SoundCloud recording:

Below is the script to my SoundCloud link recording:

Our digital identity is how we are presented through the Internet and our devices; it is the storage of information about a person’s online activity. These activities can include your login data into a variety of websites, your browser history, and any purchase history made online. If you have ever used a computer, smartphone, or tablet, you have a digital identity. Not only individuals have digital identities, however, companies and organisations that use the Internet also have them. A lot of companies and organisations are public figures, hence there may be a lot of negative information circulating about them. This negative information is not always necessarily true, however, whether it is true or not, it adds to their digital identity.

Our digital identity can also be described as a digital tattoo because it is the permanent collection of information available to others about us. Everything we will ever post on the Internet will add to that digital tattoo and you can never get rid of it. Just like a real life tattoo, once you engrave it into your skin, it is there forever (Binary Tattoo, n.d.).

If your information is made publicly available, anyone is able to use your digital identity to uncover your civil identity, which is your personal information. This information can be sensitive, such as your credit card details, your home address, or simply your full name. This is a very common consequence of using technology and the Internet because your information is readily available to anyone (“Digital Identity”, 2017). We do have some control over what information about us is available online but not all of it. Whatever you decide to put out there about yourself is your choice but sometimes your friends may put up an embarrassing photo of you for everyone to see, that is something that you do not have control over. You also cannot take anything down that is out there. Once it is out there, it is out there (Ha, 2014).

Below is an infographic, further explaining how important digital security is:

social-media-oversharing-security-risks-infographic.png

(Lord, 2016)

Also click on the links below to watch two short videos about the importance of staying safe in a digital world:

References

Binary Tattoo. (n.d.). How are you defining YOUR digital identity? Retrieved from http://www.binarytattoo.com/about-us/

Digital identity. (2017). In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 3, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_identity

Ha, T. (2014). What are you revealing online? Much more than you think. Retrieved from http://ideas.ted.com/do-you-know-what-youre-revealing-online-much-more-than-you-think/

Lord, N. (2016). Oversharing: Your Biggest Security Risk Could Be You [image]. Retrieved from https://digitalguardian.com/blog/oversharing-your-biggest-security-risk-could-be-you-infographic

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