What Is An Online Identity?
An online identity is any bit of information that can be found about an individual on the Internet. This includes:
- Login credentials
- Online transactions
- Online search activities
- Medical history
- Date of birth
- Browsing history
Who Is After Your Online Identity And Should You Protect it?
Close to every action on the internet is by default identifiable and linkable. That means actions always lead to a unique location and/or account on the network and actions can build a profile over time.
- This profile is seeked by companies, governments, hackers and more.
- Linkability and identifiability are your biggest privacy and anonymity threats on the Internet**
**For a better protection, both of these threats need to be mitigated to the fullest.
A Few Steps You Can Take For A More Secure Online Identity
- Focus on services that allow us to use one-time credentials and preferably, you must not re-use these credentials.
- The credentials must not be used by the provider to track or log your behavior.
- No real personal data submitted throughout the entire use of a service.
- The service you use should have no trouble working even on an anonymous overlay network( e.g Tor Browser)
- Providers of your services shall not share your data with third parties in a way that can lead to your identity.
How To Maintain Your Online Identiy?
One-time credentials are not enough if they can identify us. The service we use has to support anonymous credentials. Pseudonyms, nicknames, aliases, random strings that have nothing do with your real name or location
Switch to stronger passwords, use password managers & 2FA, change passwords every once in a while. Leaks exist and your passwords can get into the wrong hands.
Your first step with any service will be to dissociate our account details from your personal information. The most common account identifiers are phone numbers and email addresses. We need to count them into threat hotspots even if they are used just to confirm human verification to prevent spam accounts.
It is advised against using any service that requires a phone number because it is going to be very difficult to create and burn new anonymous identities on as-needed basis.
Safe Software That You Can Use
- Tutanota- An encrypted mail service (Permits account creation over Tor)
- Tor Browser- A privacy browser with routing
- KeePassXC- A password manager (no account needed to create a database)
- IVPN- A VPN service
- GrapheneOS- An Android operating system on which user profiles are more isolated than anywhere else. Your phone will also be completely de-Googled giving you total control over what apps have access to what types of your data.
- Element Matrix- A secure encrypted messenger
To Be Continued…
Treat this post as your brief newbie introduction to your online identity.
Discuss more in the comments below this post to learn about everything online-identity related. I hope this thread will be of great assist.
Thank you and safe browsing!!!