MyID.is has been designed to make online ID much more trusted than it is at the moment, real life ID’s are very trustworthy but any information on the internet can easily be faked or changed. MyID makes it possible to certify your online ID which will make it possible for you to prevent online identity theft, all of your social networking sites and comments will be certified to prove that it was really you that wrote it. You will also get a landing page which provides links to all of your official websites and profiles around the internet. It links together all of your social networking, photo sharing, contact information, and websites into one resource which will ensure that they are all trustworthy.
The site was created by Charles Nouyrit and is based in London, the site started off in private alpha testing for 8 months. It was released as a public beta on 26th March 2009.
There a few similar sites however none of them perform exactly the same function as MyID.is; myid makes your online credentials much more reliable. If you showed your driving license to anyone then this would be a reliable form of ID, however a facebook account or anything else on the internet could be written by anyone. MyID.is makes it possible to verify that you are who you say you are so that you will be trusted in the virtual world.
MyID.is has a nice attractive design that is easy to get to grips with. It’s not more complicated than it needs to be and it makes certifying your own credentials really easy, there’s nothing difficult that you need to do and once you have registered you should be a much more trustworthy character.
When you register for an account this is slightly more complicated than other registration forms but that’s simply because you are also certifying your information at the same time. You will need to start the process off by entering your name, your gender, your birthday, your email, and also choose a username and password. Rather annoyingly if you get something wrong it doesn’t bother telling you what you did wrong, it just wipes the form and gets you to start over again, this is not something that you would expect from a site that was in alpha let alone beta. You will then have to enter your payment details and you will be charged a random amount between €2 and €5, once you get your bank statement you need to find out how much you were charged and then enter the information into the system. This will complete your certification, and you will have an online ID.
You need to pay a one off fee to certify that you are who you say you are, this will be between €2 and €5, when you know the amount that you have paid you will then need to enter this into your account to complete registration and certify your account.
MyID.is may be a useful application in the future, however because not that many people know about it the effectiveness of it is limited. If it becomes a big trusted name then it will be worth having, but for now it’s only really suitable for people that have a desire to certify their own content.