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Digital identity and risks

 Joachim Klewes and  Robert Wreschniok claim digital identity and reputation management consists of monitoring and analyzing of the online reputation for a brand or individual as represented by all media types across the Social Web. Your reputation reflects how trustworthy your brand is. Managing your online reputation starts with a transparent Digital Identity that enables you to earn trust and build connections. Anonymity is no longer an option for those trying to create Social Capital in the networked world.

Having a digital identity can be very useful for people because this allows them to publish information about themselves or their business in order to improve their reputation, increasing the benefits in some companies, etc. However, digital identity can be very dangerous too. People can thieve your identity and many times you can find yourself in a big trouble. To make it clear, in the following paragraphs I am going to explain the concept of digital identity and some risks it may involve.

Digital identity is the aspect of digital technology that is concerned with the mediation of people’s experience of their own identity and the identity of other people and things. Digital identity also has another common usage as the digital representation of a set of claims made by one digital subject about itself or another digital subject.

Digital identity is often thought of as subtopic of computer or information security. Certainly, digital identity is an important part of security, but digital identity has greater utility than just protecting information. Information security is about more than simply performing authorization and authentication. Still, the goal of information security is to protect information from unauthorized access, destruction, or alteration.

But, having a digital identity also has some risks. The magazine La Flecha, tu diario de ciencia y tecnología explain us that losing our digital identity, not only refers to steal our data from our e-mail account. Sometimes it can become a nightmare to reach new heights.You can talk about identity theft when an attacker gains access to various services (email, financial accounts, blog, website, etc..) And takes control of them preventing the rightful owner can recover.

In the event that an attacker gained access to a mailbox outside, and in the same financial data found the victim, those funds would be in danger because they could be easily transferred to an account under the control of the criminal. But digital identity theft can bring many more problems than these. Any action that is taken using the name of the user, would be responsible, at least until you can prove that he really was not.

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