Digital Identity Diversification

Do you signup with the same username/display name on every web service?

Twitter? Instagram? Amazon? Myspace? Livejournal? That Beanie Baby phpBB forum from twenty years ago? WebMD? Goodreads?

If you do, I’d suggest googling that username if you haven’t done that before. There is a high chance you may see a rather exhaustive history of everything you’ve ever done across the web. And that maybe fine depending on your personal POV.

But it can also be a bit freaky. And, if you fall in the camp that finds such an expansive, public, one-click view of your personhood a tad uncomfortable, I have a solution for you: digital identity diversification.

The idea is quite simple1: choose a unique username per service.2


1Hat tip password managers.
2Obviously, if you divulge details about yourself or expose a different unique attribute (eg: your real email address) that will break said compartmentalization. Just a heads up.

Sgt. Pepper Remixed

Are you a Beatles fan? Run, don’t walk:

( Apple Music | Spotify )

I hadn’t “clicked through” on this release until a couple of days ago as I thought it was simply a cash grab coming on the heels of the exquisite mono releases and the serviceable 2009 stereo remasters. I was wrong.

This is crafted love by George Martin’s son (Giles), remixed for the first time from the original four track tapes. This release immediately obsoletes the 2009 stereo mix for me. Listen to the mono release for the quintessential experience and listen to this to hear the Fab Four alive at EMI Studios.

Trident Exploit Chain

Twitter is lighting up on reports of a triple iOS 0-day exploit chain dubbed “Trident” that silently gives total control of the iPhone to the attacker. The eye-popping part is that at least one cyber arms dealer has likely been peddling software exploiting this particular nastiness since iOS7.

Apple has patched in iOS 9.3.5 so do run along and update as soon as possible.

The article above breaks everything down if you are interested in the gory details so I’ll just close with this blurb from the Vice write-up:

“The people that we see being targeted by these texts today—dissidents, activists—these are kind of the people on the frontlines of what is to come for all of us tomorrow, these guys are sort of the canaries in the coal mine… The threats that they are facing today are threats that perhaps ordinary users will face tomorrow.”