As the Internet grows, so does the amount of sensitive data floating around. Day after day, hundreds of thousands of usernames, passwords, dates of birth and yes, even credit card numbers drift around somewhere on this crazy thing we call “the Internet.” And as those numbers grow, so does the risk of that data falling into the wrong hands.
So the U.S. government, the ol’ watchdogs they are, wants to improve the security of your online information by creating an “identity ecosystem” through the use of personal identifiers. In a draft released June 25, 2010, the government proposed that Internet users create their own personal digital certificate or identity card to prove who they are before they complete an online transaction. The identifiers would be offered to consumers by online vendors.