My online reputation has the digital equivalent of an STI. A few weeks ago, I found out I was getting impersonated on the internet. My mysterious usurper did his homework, bogarting my photos and biographical details to publish blogs under my byline at Elite Daily.
Is there anything a snappy rebrand can't fix? Including a gun's reputation as the "the world's favorite killing machine?"
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.
Also, FEMA kind of sucks. And the poor aren't making a particularly good showing in this episode. But the rich are awful. Hoo boy, burn 'em.
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
It was the first time in his life Isaac didn't want to go to Vegas.
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.