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10 Huge Sites that Rarely Police Your Identity
In order to buy a bottle of wine or case of beer, in many states you will need to show your ID. In order to enter many clubs you may need to show your ID as well. In this day and age of rampant identity theft one could assume that all online sites would police identity, but that is simply and unfortunately not the case. Some sites rarely look into your identity, or make sure you are who you claim to be. Here are ten huge sites that forget this important step.
- Facebook – This social media site has been used and abused by untold number of people for various reasons other than the networking it was meant to facilitate. People have used Facebook to create relationships that don’t exist, create businesses that are non-existent, to entice unsuspecting victims into having fake cyber affairs in order to ruin the victims’ lives and so much more. Identity verification is not a part of their process.
- My Space – My Space is another social media site that does not police identity. My Space is not quite as popular as Facebook anymore, but still similar misdeeds take place on their website. People can set up accounts using false information or other people’s identity. Imagine finding out you have a social media page with all kinds of information listed that you know nothing about.
- LinkedIn – Professionals use LinkedIn to network with other professionals and many job seekers have found employment though this networking site. Many employers have been able to hire talented employees as well. Even with all the good things this site has to offer, it does not really check ID to make sure you are who you say you are.
- Dating sites – One of the things about dating sites that make people wary is that they are not scrutinized well, and you never know who the person you are dealing with really is. For the most part, it appears that things work out well for people who are willing to use online dating services. But every now and then something goes wrong. eHarmony has opted to offer their members optional identity verification services. You pay a little extra for the service, but for peace of mind it may be worth the extra cost.
- Twitter – There have been plenty of instances of celebrity impersonations with fake Twitter accounts. Their identity verification has increased because of this, but is still minimal, at best.
- Funky Sexy Cool – This is a mobile social networking site that helps you meet people in your area. They do provide some identity verification as an option but it is not a rule. Members don’t have to go through the verification process if they don’t want to.
- MSN – MSN is one of the largest internet portals on the internet. There is no requirement to use identification to use any of the services they provide.
- Yahoo!, Inc. – This is one of the largest websites in the USA. Free access is allowed to this mega website and no identity checks are required. Anyone can set up an email account or access any of the other services they provide without needing to prove they are who they say they are.
- Excite – Yet another large website that offers services and is a portal to other sites but does not require any identification to access its services.
- Ask.com – Formerly Ask Jeeves, this site is a search engine that answers any questions a user may have. It also provides links to other websites. No identification is required to use their services.
With some internet sites it may not be necessary to have identification to access services, but with many others, identity checks would be a good idea. Some of the social networking sites are beginning to add on identity verification to protect their users. As time goes on more sites are likely to follow suit.
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