It is very difficult for you to go through the web without filling an online signup form. Gone are the days when all we have is just static HTML websites displaying information for us to consume.
Today, 90% of websites or Apps we visit or use will always request us to signup or fill in some kind of online form before we can have access to any of their content.
The question now is, will you continue to give out your real identity on every website or app that requests your details?
Remember, many had been scammed or duped owing to the information they gave out online and mostly due to the security weakness of the platform they used.
Therefore, what do you now do to reduce the chances of your real identity being leaked or stolen? There are many online identity protection strategies you can use to combat some of these issues. But you must know which of your details are confidential to you before you can think of protecting them. How private or confidential is your name, email, or phone number?
Have you wondered why out of the millions of accounts online, it is your account that was hacked or is attacked? Or out of all the phone numbers online it is yours that an internet scammer or fraudster had to call?
In this era, protecting your information which can give many clues about you or which can aid a bad actor in carrying out a recon about you is very vital.
Therefore, in this post, there are different identity strategies you can use for your online identity protection.
Two Online Identity Protection Strategies
This is keeping away from giving out any real information about you online or having an online account. It might seem impossible based on the age and time we are in, but there are still ways around this.
There are some websites that can help you use their shared account to access a platform online without filling in your own details. Also, you can use information from websites like bugmenot to access an online platform or you can use a disposable email or phone number with unreal detail for your account creation.
Below are lists of some Disposable email or phone number providers;
Also, you can simply type “temporal email” on google search to get additional options of websites that offer such services. This service will help you to set up an online account without having to place your own information. With such an email, you can also use fake personal information to create an account.
Remember, this online identity protection strategy should be used in a situation where you do not trust the website or app you are registering with. Also, it can be used when you do not want your real information to be given out.
This strategy is having different identities on each platform from your real identity depending on the purpose of the signUp.
If you have a single email address, bank account number, or phone number, handling this strategy might be a bit difficult for you.
Always remember that it is a good online practice to have multiple emails, phone numbers, and separate bank account numbers for your online transactions.
Don’t use your official email address , name, bank account details, etc on every website signup form you fill online.
Learn to use your official details only on trusted websites or apps while registering for official transactions. Therefore, don’t make yourself too vulnerable to social engineering attacks by the information you give out.
Protect your identity ✌🏾🙏🏾
Author: Nana Akua