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Hello again! I know we've been on a little break for the summer, but we're back with new issue of the Newsletter! To my new and old subscribers, Thank you for subscribing. This issue is about your internet identity. Read more!

Have you ever created an account by signing up with Facebook or Google? The ease and simplicity signing up with just the click of a button is one of the biggest pros of using that option, however, those things establish connectivity within your internet identity.

What is internet Identity? Internet identity  is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites. For the most part, it's curated by what you personally and knowingly put online, however, certain aspects have internet connections that you may not realize with some known and unknown risks. 
Smart Contracts You Already Signed 

When you create an account on an application with third party sites like Google or Facebook, you are signing a smart contract indicating that you are okay with trading third party information for access. While this does reduce the risk of other parties not living up to their obligations, you are assuming any third party risks such as information mistakenly getting leaked or access getting shut down.


Why You Shouldn’t Use Facebook to Log In to Other Sites

Last year Facebook announced a security breach that allowed hackers to get accounts of millions of users.  It wasn’t just the Facebook accounts that the hackers had potential access to; it was also potentially the accounts you log into like Instagram, Pinterest, Uber, and more than 100,000 places online. While one could argue that signing in with Facebook is more secure than using weak passwords to sign in, you still are open to potential security breaches that can get information on all accounts linked to your Facebook account. 


What are you sharing when you sign in with Facebook or Google?

For the most part, you’re transferring relatively basic information when you sign in with a  Facebook or Google account such as name, birthdate, age, or email address. However, some sites get more information such as your friends on Facebook or access to your Google Calendar. While both allow you to look at what you are sharing amongst other applications, it may not always allow you the option of modifying what you are sharing. 
Okay so we know that connecting everything to your Facebook can be risky, we can't deny that in some aspects this connectivity allows whatever application to run seamlessly and efficiently. For example, giving Calendly access to your Google calendar allows events to automatically appear on your schedule. Seamless integrations are a big seller within the tech space. 
 
While we can't always avoid connecting our data together, we can at least make a conscious effort to ensure that the data that we are connecting has relatively low risks. We can also make sure that the data that we are sharing is relatively low risk and we can decrease the connections that we do make by using your email and a strong password when we can.
 
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