Online Identity

November 14, 2021

Recently I have abandoned several online accounts for different reasons, such as privacy or a fresh start.

After a while, I noticed that my old username(s) had been taken by someone else. Opening up the chance for impersonation. If someone I know or knew doesn’t know that I left the service or platform, they could contact a person that isn’t me.

I’ve set up a profile at Keyoxide for identity verification. Allowing me to display and prove “ownership” (claims) of accounts on websites, domains, socials, and others that are mine.

Keyoxide takes my online identity information from my public OpenPGP key, of which I own the private key.

Alternatively, if you are familiar with OpenPGP and the CLI. Use the following command to list my online identity in text format (signature notation).

gpg --keyserver keys.openpgp.org --recv-keys C889D9E2F11C0382
gpg --list-signatures --list-options show-notations C889D9E2F11C0382

Identity verification with my public OpenPGP key is the safest method because I personally hold the private key that allows modification of the public key.

My Instagram and Facebook accounts are not verified because of limitations. On the other hand, I do not actively use Meta services (formerly known as Facebook) because of privacy. Avoid contacting me there. If you even succeed in finding my profiles. The only reason why I still have a Meta account is because of my virtual reality headset, Quest.

To read more about what Keyoxide is, visit the Keyoxide documentation.


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Written by Yee Chie Tu. "He/Him" lives in The Netherlands and has been growing and evolving ever since. Check out his Mastodon and Pixelfed profile.


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