ID and Existing in the digital world

The bare minimum to exist in the digital world is to have an email address. Email addresses have the same characteristics that a National ID tend to have these days: its unique to a person and is used to identify a person online and much less obscure to remember than a National ID. However, the problem online is that we tend to have loads of different IDs – a lot of websites want us to register with them and so provide a username and password and an average web user will have at least a dozen of unique ID on different website.

Dissociative identity disorder (DID)

“DID is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental illness in which a single person displays multiple distinct identities or personalities, each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the environment” – Wikipedia

Having multiple ID inherently weakens the strength of authenticating on websites since what most users do is choose one password and use it for all websites. So if one stupid forum website is vulnerable to attacks and is hacked, the list of passwords could be available and there’s a big chance that many people have used the same password for more critical applications like online banking!!!

Personally I think that someone shouldn’t be made to remember more than 6 different usernames and passwords and in this sense I would be very happy if OpenID could be adopted across the web soon – this would remove the mental burden of remembering many passwords but would I use OpenID for everything? Hmmm…


4 responses to “ID and Existing in the digital world

  1. I think it’s the same thing as a National Id card. It would be great if I could use it to

    * Retireve money from my bank account
    * Use it as plastic money
    * Access UOM library (if i ever have to go there)
    * …

    Well, I don’t have to remember my passwords. My browser does it for me. And i never use same password everywhere…So i don’t have any mental burden…nor disorders šŸ˜€

  2. this will make you trackable on the net.. when many don’t want that.

    DID is not necessarilly a bad thing, if the person can manage and not get lost between personalities, one person can get lots of views on one item and hence be more rationale and logical in whatever he does…

    please not that good social engineer tend to shift into multiple personalities.. as in they really put themselves in the character, and its impossible to break in their personality.

  3. Hi Selven. Still into your ‘What if the CIA tracks me’ vision? lol
    Having OpenID is nice. At least it gives people some way to keep things simple and AN ID.
    And when you don’t want people to know your true ID, then create another OpenID account. Simple?

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