What is a Identity?
Identity is the fact of being who a person or thing is. Everyone has their own identity. In real world a Driving license or Social Security Card is our identity. They have all the required information to confirm our identity like Name, Address, Gender, Blood group etc.
What are the types of Identities?
Nowadays the categorization of identities is summed up into two primary categories, they are
- Online Identity or Digital Identity
- Offline Identity
Digital as the the name suggests the identity of a person in online world, online is WWW. Digital Identity for a person cannot be similar every time.
Let’s take an example of a kid name Sammy. Sammy is 13 years old, Blond Hair, has Braces, goes to school and is on Facebook too. All this information is on his Facebook, and is his identity on Facebook.
Now Sammy sign’s up on Netflix where minimum age required for registration is 18Yrs. Sammy, 13Y school going boy sign’s up for Netflix as 22Y old Sammy, who works in local Ice Cream Parlor, will be graduating soon and lives with his parents.
Now in the example the two identities are different according to different websites but in real world, they both are created by a single person.
Offline identity as mentioned above is definition is someone’s physical proof of existence like their Driver’s License, Work Identity Card, Social Security Card etc. Unlike online, offline identity is a singular entity but mode of verification can be different.
Sammy has one social security card and with that card he can go anywhere in physical world and get validate as 13Y old Sammy, who has O+ Blood Group and lives at Nelson Street, UK.
Managing Identities in real world is easy. All the information is saved in physical records, in hospitals, with Authorities Providing Driving Licenses and Social Security Cards etc.
But what about online identities?
Well there are service providers in field of Cloud Identity Management managing identities online.They store identities generated via registration on website with security, by following Industry Protocols for Data Storage and Security.
Well this data is owned by the website but not the company, so a website owner has access to use that data, not the service provider.
Managing digital identities is quite risky and consumes resources if developed inhouse, mainly with data sync, maintenance and security. That’s why businesses recommend to use a SAAS based solution so they they can focus on their business without distractions.