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The Key to a Trustworthy Online Experience

It has been famously pointed out that "on the Internet, no one knows you're a dog". This is because most information about a person, whether it is on Facebook, Twitter, or a blog, has not been verified, it has merely been asserted. When it comes to security and reliability, the gap between assertion and proof is vast. And as we spend more of our time and money online, that gap must be bridged. This is the challenge that Identity.net has taken up.

Identity.net has developed several methods of verifying individual pieces of one's online identity. Why multiple methods? Simply put, one size does not fit all. Not every bit of information about a person can be verified in the same way. Moreover, the data sources that can be used to verify a particular attribute may not be available in every country.

Due to their nature, some of these methods have greater probative value than others. For some attributes, only one method is applicable, while for others, all methods maybe used either singly or in conjunction with each other. But in the aggregate, these verification methods allow Identity.net to offer the greatest amount of assurance that verified attributes are true and worthy of trust.

Social Attestation

Social Attestation is a verification method that relies on other people whom you know. They can verify, or attest, to the validity of particular attributes on one's profile. It is important to note that this person is not verifying the entirety of the profile, just individual items on it. An attribute can be verified in this manner by many people. The law of numbers works in this case: one user's verification of, say, a member's college major may hold some value, but if 50 different people, each whom have their own validated profiles, also agree and have verified that major, then we can assume that it is likely true.

Postal Verification

Postal Verification uses the postal system (U.S and worldwide) to help validate a member's physical address. A letter or postcard containing a unique PIN is sent to the member's address. Once the member enters that PIN into Identity.net, the system know that the letter was received, that the latter can only have been accessed by soon without he keys to that house or mailbox, and that the person entering the PIN has the login credentials to the account associated with that address. Based on this, the system assumes that it must be the member, and thus verifies the mailing address, and only the mailing address.

Challenge Response

Challenge-Response is a broad category of verification methods that rely on third parties such as credit reporting services, public records, credential verification business, etc. Attributes are validated by asking the member questions (often several) that only the member should be able to answer, such as "What was the nearest cross street to your primary place of residence in 1997?" These questions are generated by using public record data, credit bureau information, etc.


iNotary is a verification method that relies upon the preexisting notary public infrastructure and laws to help validate certain attributes. Every day, notary publics validate identities for court documents, financial papers, etc. They in turn reply on secure identification mechanisms such as driver licenses and passports. iNotary enables a notary public to validate the types of information that are on these documents, such as name, gender, age, and address. iNotary verification cannot be uses to validate other attributes such as employment history, since a notary public has no way of verifying these. But, for the types of attributes iNotary can be used for, it provides the highest level of validation.

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