Identity theft is a problem which is affecting people for many years. People are finding their identities stolen by individuals as well as companies to be misused for personal gain. The results often cause people financial losses and also cause them plenty of problems because they could not safeguard their identity appropriately. People are regularly advised to seek protection from ID protection companies which are offering all types of services both to organizations as well as individuals. However, people often refrain from requesting the services fearing the high costs they may have to pay for the same. Let us consider how people are exposing their identities to be compromised to give unscrupulous individuals opportunities to benefit personally.
The costs of identity protection are the primary hindrance people are facing because they believe their identity can only be compromised if their Social Security number or credit card is stolen. Even in such cases, people are often failing to use the services of ID protection companies to safeguard even the most basic data. People do not seem to have any problems exposing sensitive data to unknown individuals over social media websites. They are confident their identity is unlikely to be compromised or misused by the person they are communicating with at the other end of the line. While most people get away safely with this assumption many notice their data being compromised making them lose all their personal information as well as financial information.
Individuals involved in the business of stealing identities are not interested in just the Social Security number, license plate number, personal address, and credit card numbers of people they are attempting to victimize. The ultimate objective is to gain financially from their efforts and to milk their victims dry as best possible. In present-day circumstances, the technology for stealing identities as evolved and the individuals involved in this business are looking for much more than just the details of people as mentioned above. They do not mind having a picture or a video of people which they use to obtain biometric data from the faces of people. This is a new trend that has caught up and has put all people at risk because of the preference of information available over social media sites.
When people are requested to upload a picture or image of themselves on social media sites they often ignore the possibility of the picture being utilized for unscrupulous reasons. They are confident that the platform they are dealing with is reputable and will not share their data with anyone. In most cases, people do not consider situations where data from the social media site could be hacked by third parties to access the identities of people that were using the platform.
The problem of identity theft to obtain any type of information about an individual has been ongoing for quite some time and is likely to continue despite the many rules and regulations being formed by governing authorities. The technology for preventing identity theft has evolved rather slowly compared to the speed of development of the technology by the thieves. Thankfully individuals in the defense forces of Israel belonging to the elite 8200 unit of the intelligence corps have established D-ID has established an innovative solution and created the first facial image de-identification solution for protecting the privacy of people without compromising the usability of the image. The technology from D-ID is using a technology applying deep learning methods to enhance privacy by ensuring regulatory compliance to remove unwanted and sensitive biometric data from facial images. This technology is available for organizations and people to use for protecting their identities and most importantly their facial biometric data which is normally captured by cameras that are popularly used by everyone. Having an option of this type will be a better safeguard for people that are forever making attempts to upload their images or videos to social media platforms and other places for whatever reasons.
Presently safeguarding data just to not mean keeping certain documents under lock and key. The technology for compromising data having evolved people must make attempts also to safeguard the biometric data on their faces which is increasingly being used by professionals in the business of identity theft.