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How to Use a Fake Name on Facebook Without Getting Flagged

Facebook has always had a policy of requiring users to supply their real name on the site. Enforcement has been lax, but there's still a risk of getting caught. Here's how to fly under the radar if you need to. » 9/22/14 1:49pm 9/22/14 1:49pm

Instagram Is Asking Users To Prove Their Identities with Government IDs

If you're not claiming to be famous, normally people couldn't care less who you say your are on the Internet. In fact, most people actively don't care. Instagram isn't in that crowd however. After its recent TOS update, it's been harassing more and more users to confirm their identities with pictures of… » 1/26/13 4:00pm 1/26/13 4:00pm

How to Create a Fake "Online Girlfriend"

By now you've heard about Notre Dame star linebacker Mantai Te'o and his fabricated internet girlfriend. There are a lot of reasons and ways that this could have happened. Te'o claims that he was duped and not behind the accounts, but regardless of who is to blame, this was a deep, meticulously planned deception in… » 1/17/13 12:40pm 1/17/13 12:40pm

This Portrait Is Actually Hand Drawn with 2.1 Million Dots

This is a portrait of Benjaman Kyle. He's a man who doesn't know anything about himself. Literally. He was unconscious when he was discovered behind a fast food restaurant in Georgia and had no belongings, severe sunburns, was nearly blind and had no idea who he was. Benjaman Kyle, which isn't even his real name,… » 12/18/12 10:00pm 12/18/12 10:00pm

Why the Best Online Identity Protection Is Just Being a Weirdo

These are troubling times for internet identity, with passwords being ravaged and real names outed. How does a young web citizen keep himself secret and safe? » 10/15/12 8:51am 10/15/12 8:51am

How to Get on a Plane Without ID

Because July 4th falls on a Wedneday, a lot of Americans will spend a five-day weekend traveling and drinking. It's pretty common to misplace a wallet or a purse on that kind of vacation. And getting on a return flight without a valid ID, as you might imagine, is not easy. But it can be done. Here's how to work it… » 7/03/12 3:20pm 7/03/12 3:20pm

Why It Pays to Be an Early Email Adopter

If you'd pulled the trigger on Gmail or Twitter sooner, you could have had a sweet, sweet, first-name handle. Now, though? Now you're stuck filling your friends' inboxes and DMs with a bizarre string of jibberish. NEVER AGAIN. » 9/16/11 8:11am 9/16/11 8:11am

Twitter Doesn't Give a Damn Who You Are

Twitter had a meeting yesterday to talk about how big it was. But what really came across was that while Facebook and Google+ value your identity, Twitter doesn't care who you are, as long as you've got something to say. » 9/09/11 1:00pm 9/09/11 1:00pm

Real-Life Crime Victims Are Also More Likely to Be Victims of Online…

Norton put out a study on cybercrime, deducing that people who fall victim to acts of real-worl crime, such as burglary or robbery, are also more likely to have their identity stolen or fall victim to a phishing scheme. » 9/09/11 11:33am 9/09/11 11:33am

A Murderer Tricked His Victim's Family Into Thinking Their Son Was…

Disturbing. Morbid. Calculated. Cold-blooded. Nothing can quite describe Edward Younghoon Shin, a man who murdered his business partner, Christopher Ryan Smith, and then sent e-mails to Smith's family pretending to be Smith so they would think their son was still alive. » 9/01/11 1:20pm 9/01/11 1:20pm

Nobody Uses Their Real Name Online, and Other Outdated Notions

Usernames and anonymity have their place. But is it time to move toward using our true identities online? A personal reflection on the past, present, and future of names on the Internet. » 8/25/11 1:20pm 8/25/11 1:20pm

I'm sure there are people at Google who have thought of all these things already. It's always easier to sit…

Google+'s New "Verified Profiles" Feature: Redundant?

Looks like Google+ is following Twitter's lead on the whole "Verified Account" thing, letting you know for sure if you have the real Kim Kardashian in your circle or not. But, considering their stringent "real names" policy, what's the point? » 8/20/11 9:00am 8/20/11 9:00am

Google's Real Names Policy Is Evil

Google's horrible new policy on using real names in Google+ effectively means that the service is now a danger to real people. You have to ask yourself why a company that pledged to not be evil would do this. » 8/12/11 7:08pm 8/12/11 7:08pm

Your Facebook Photos Can Identify You In Real Life

Well, this is scary. Researchers have created software that uses public information to ID basically anybody just walking down the street. Stalkers, rejoice. Everyone else, time to find a comfortable mask that you'll never take off. » 8/05/11 7:40pm 8/05/11 7:40pm

Google Search Results Now Show Identity of Creators

It's been a busy day for Google. In addition to launching Google+ and Swiffy (a tool that lets you convert Flash video to HTML5) the company also updated Search so that it now shows content creators within the results. » 6/28/11 6:30pm 6/28/11 6:30pm

LifeLock CEO's Identity Has Been Stolen 13 Times

If Todd Davis's face looks familiar, it's because it's plastered all over subway stops and billboards—right next to his social security number—on ads for the personal security company LifeLock. His lifelock? It's been picked 13 times. » 5/18/10 8:20pm 5/18/10 8:20pm

Researchers Announce '100% Accuracy' In Facial Recognition

Psychology researchers from Glasgow University have just announced that they've developed a facial recognition algorithm that's 100% accurate in their testing. The technique essentially averages 20 photos into one composite but is able to disregard confounding variables like age, lighting, expression and camera… » 1/28/08 10:26am 1/28/08 10:26am