Identity theft has continuously posed danger to Internet users. People are trying to look for ways about how they can protect themselves. Some technologically adept users do it by themselves, but others would still depend on experts for advice. Plain internet users end up as easy targets of people who make money by using other people’s identity. There are numerous possibilities of problems that could be avoided only if these users knew how to protect themselves.
The vice president and director of both Governance Studies and the Center for Technology Innovation in Washington, Darrell West, gives expert advice. He has given instructions to people about how they can protect themselves in the digital world. West has also written articles on other fields like political, policy and legal challenges raised by digital technology.
His instructions focus on the sound ways of maintaining online protection. For him, the best way is “choosing non-obvious passwords” and using different passwords for different accounts. Passwords such as partner’s name, date of birth, hometown, and other obvious personal information only invite problems. With the popularity of social networking and other public sites, clearly these data are now online. Data marketers could simply do some tricks and they could intrude one’s privacy.