Age & ID Verification + KBA = Better Protection on Social Networks

PC World wrote a more in-depth article last week regarding the Facebook news I blogged about here. I was particularly pleased to see this from Chris Kelly in the article:

“It is better to have some sort of verification on the front end and various forms of behavioral verification on the back end,” Kelly said of Facebook’s approach to site safety.

By nature of how the site began Facebook does have more verification processes in place which means an automated age and identity verification system could segue nicely into their operations.

Those opposing age and identity verification in social networks have several easily debate-able arguments with one being

there is no simple way to screen for sex offenders and kids masquerading as older users or to ensure whether parental authorization actually is given by parents or by kids pretending to be their parents.

This is what knowledge-based authentication is all about. KBA is a higher level of verification designed specifically to verify the person is who he/she says — so that a kid who has stolen their parents credit card, or a sexual predator creating a false identity, is not easily able to get past these questions.

And then there is my favorite argument

identity and age verification will deliver a false sense of security and is not a “silver bullet.”

Identity and age verification is an integral part of the equation to help protect kids. Everything needs to work together including our vigilance in continuing to educate kids (and adults) about the dangers of the Internet and how to protect themselves. Parents still need to stay on top of what their kids are up to and technology should continue its advancements to provide better and safer solutions. Overall what id and age verification does is put an extra layer in the mix to help parents keep their kids safe.

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