Techopedia defines digital identity as an online or networked identity adopted or claimed in cyberspace by an individual, organisation or electronic device.
As more and more of our day to day lives take place in the digital space, Digital Identity will touch almost every aspect of our lives. As a result, all of us have a responsibility to protect our digital identity and there has never been a more important time to pay close attention to your own personal online identity.
Juan Rodriguez, the EMEA Sales Director at Entrust Data spoke about how to secure digital identifies and why it is important during his keynote session at the Africa eGov Summit, enlisting the several steps that one can take to protect personal information/identity online.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns around the world have meant that people are spending more time than ever online and the use of social media to stay in touch with family and friends,” he said adding that this has therefore seen an increase in cyber security threats, including Digital Identity theft.
To bring a secure Digital Identity solution to citizens, he noted that Entrust Data offers solutions that differ from others in the market in their use of world-leading biometric technology including facial recognition, fingerprint/palm recognition and iris recognition as a way to secure Digital ID and its access.
A digital identity is linked to several digital identifiers, like an email address, URL or domain name. To avoid the risk of identity theft – rampant on the Web – digital identity authentication and validation measures are critical. These measures go a long way to ensure that there is sufficient web and network infrastructure security in the public sectors.
NEC recommends the following quick steps in ensuring that safety and security online is adhered to.
Checking the fine print, Using password manager, having multiple identities online, using paraphrases instead of passwords, two-factor authentication, and forever being extra careful with what personal data one shares online among others.
Protecting online identity has never been more important. With cyber attackers more alert now and always trying to outsmart cyber security tactics, individuals must ensure online hygiene to remain safe and secure in the digital space.