Identity verification service

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Identity verification service is online service used to establish a mapping from a person's online identity to their real life identity. These services are used by some social networking sites, Internet forums, dating sites and wikis to stop sockpuppetry, underage SignUps, spamming and illegal activities like harassment and scams.

The identity confirmation process requires the individual whose identity is to be confirmed to provide personal data online, to the identity verification firm. The firm then checks public and private databases for a match and prompts the user to answer questions based on the records. An identity "score" is calculated, and the identity of the online user is either given the "verified" status, or not, based on the score.[1][2]


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  2. ^ Weiss, Todd (December 10, 2002). "VeriSign unveils new online identity-verification services". ComputerWorld. Retrieved 2009-07-10.