mysafeFriend Protects you Against Virtual Identity Theft

With privacy concerns on Facebook and other social networks peaking over the last few months, it’s no wonder that services like mysafeFriend are popping up to safeguard our online data. Specifically targeting personal information like addresses, credit card numbers and phone numbers, mysafeFriend uses your own social networks to vouch for your identity online, giving your friends peace of mind and protecting you against identity theft.

The mechanics behind mysafeFriends rely on those within your network giving you verification points by viewing your profile and confirming that it is indeed you, not a virtual impostor. All of these “checkers” must be from your friends list, and users can achieve level 3 validation this way. To achieve level 4 and 5 validation, users must pay a fee (3 USD for level 4; 50 USD for level 5). They will then be able to verify their profile and link it to their credit card, mobile phone and even in person.
mysafeFriends is an innovative security platform that leverages the connections you’ve built on your social network to verify your identity. We imagine it would be rather difficult for an impostor to get dozens of people to view their profile and confirm that they were someone they’re not. By using other, real people to check and verify your identity, mysafeFriends is using the social nature of the web to provide an additional layer of security for social network users.
Being just over one month old, mysafeFriends is only available on Facebook. You can visit their Facebook page to follow updates on new services.
Being verified by your own social network has its benefits and its downside. Your friends know you best, so they’ll know if you’re really you or not. The verification process can be quickly and easily completed. However, if impostors are able to set up accounts that simulate your information, they might be able to set up accounts that can be used to verify their own false identity.
Would you use a service like mysafeFriend to protect your digital identity?