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How to Avoid a QR Code Scam

How to Avoid a QR Code Scam

Online opportunists have wasted no time in sussing how to use QR codes to commit cybercrime. As quick as counting to three, this way they can access your personal details and use them in a number of ways that can wreak havoc. Fake QR codes are increasingly creating chaos with regular reports of unsuspecting users finding a zero balance on…

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The Economic Value of Digital Identification

The Economic Value of Digital Identification

The value of digital ID verification is well known and proven by and for governments, border agencies and large financial institutions. In terms of national and financial security, robust ID checks keep whole populations and economies safe, in a very real way. What is perhaps not so well appreciated is the actual economic value that digital identification brings with it.…

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Keep your identity to yourself

Keep your identity to yourself

Gone are the days when forging someone else’s signature was the most common form of identity theft, but these days this art of impersonation has found far easier routes and these don’t always involve illegal online operations. Closer than you think Hacking or exploiting a computer system is probably the hardest for the crooks to crack. These crimes are often…

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Selfies Struggling to Gain Security Status

Selfies Struggling to Gain Security Status

In the age of the selfie, it makes sense for many members of the online ID verification community that they be part of the onboarding process. With timestamps and high quality digital images, there is a strong argument that a selfie can be a legitimate element of the verification process. This is especially true if applicants have limited access to…

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Be Gone Phishing

Be Gone Phishing

You might have heard of this new phrase on the cyber block but have never really understood what it meant. Phishing is as flaky as it sounds – it is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive data such as usernames, passwords and credit card details under the guise of a trusted entity via electronic communication. Electronic communication is by and…

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Short Memories and Online Fraud

Short Memories and Online Fraud

In the digital age, verification of identity is an ongoing battle. Unlike previous eras, the issue of trust – be that of people or documents – is something that has to be checked with every single new contribution or application. Sophisticated hackers and algorithms are a constant threat, meaning that veracity of source material must be proved every time. The…

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The Rise of Deepfake

The Rise of Deepfake

Artificial intelligence is widely accepted as being the development which will take online IT systems to the next level, with its massive potential to predict trends and reproduce user activity. Usually mentioned in the same breath or sentence is the term machine learning, or deep learning. These terms refer to the depth of information available in big data, and automated,…

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Online Verification Backlog Due to Covid

Online Verification Backlog Due to Covid

Government authorities and other major institutions are increasingly looking for means of identity verification online due to the social distance rules applied since the global Covid 19 outbreak. For some, this means playing catchup; and for many others, the processes available are either too slow or too weak to suit their purposes. Of the many shortcomings exposed by the pandemic,…

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Pushback Against Online ID Checks

Pushback Against Online ID Checks

The 2020 Covid 19 pandemic and subsequent measures to deal with it in the UK have led to a reprisal of previously touted and abandoned national ID schemes. As the online element of any such scheme would be cited as one of its main strong points, potentially this could have major implications for the online identity verification industry. However, as…

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