News for 2012

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  • New miiCard DirectID Check Allows SMBs and Professionals to Perform Bank-Level ID Proofing Purely Online

    December 13, 2012 – Online identity verification company miiCard today launched DirectID Check, a hosted identity service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that require identity proofing of clients. Now, businesses that want to offer a full suite of professional services online can quickly and easily verify their customers’ identities to the level of an offline photo ID check. As a cloud based service, miiCard DirectID Check does not require API integration for a business to directly verify the identity of their customers to Level of Assurance 3 (LOA3) online.

    “True online identity verification enables a greater numbers of professionals and businesses to extend legal, medical and other services online that previously required customers to visit physical locations or send in documents to prove their identity,” said miiCard CEO James Varga. “However, we recognize many of these businesses do not have the platform or resources to integrate through the miiCard API. DirectID Check removes these roadblocks so that any business can realize the cost saving and fraud reduction benefits of miiCard.”

    Paul Atkinson, a partner at investment firm Par Equity welcomed the addition of miiCard DirectID Check, saying: “Identity proofing of clients is a regulatory requirement to providing services in industries like ours and in recruitment. To be able to remove the manual administration process of physical documents checks, like we currently do, and have customers verify their identities all online using miiCard, means businesses can focus on delivering better service to clients sooner.”

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  • Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) Selects miiCard as Identity Provider for Information Sharing Governance

    Edinburgh, UK – December 4, 2012 – Online identity verification company miiCard today announced that it will verify digital identities for ENU’s online healthcare and childcare protection initiatives. ENU will use miiCard’s Level of Assurance 3 (LOA3) identity proofing service to safeguard sensitive healthcare and user data. With miiCard, ENU can prove a user’s identity to the level of an offline photo ID check before allowing policy-based access to the data in a controlled manner, enabling greater information sharing between organisations and within society.

    “These initiatives involve highly sensitive and private information, and it is critical that we know the identity of the person at the other end of the browser,” said Professor Bill Buchanan, Professor of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. “miiCard delivers an unprecedented level of assurance and traceability when proving a user’s identity, and gives each user complete control over their own identity and what type of information they share online. It is only with this level of identity checking and trust that we can meet the UK government’s three-year target for universal access to personal health records.” 

    Edinburgh Napier University and miiCard will deploy their joint solution across three application areas:

    1. Trusted Services for Holistic Care: This project focuses on developing a scaleable, robust and secure information architecture for holistic care that integrates information from primary and secondary care, along with the assisted living environment. The cloud-based platform employs a strong governance policy that integrates digital identity at its core to enable users to own their data, define access to it, and leverage it for a wide range of clinical services.
    2. ee-Health Portal: Utilising the Trusted Services work, this broader solution incorporates a portal for clinical and social care services to verify the identity of a patient or citizen, and then allow them to access and share their personal health records.
    3. Child Protection: In this integration with key Scottish and UK government initiatives, applies a federated identity infrastructure and information sharing system to a child concern portal where professionals across multiple agencies can monitor, share and implement action plans on behalf of at-risk children.

    miiCard: Five Tips For Safe Holiday Shopping From Auction and Trading Sites

    November 21, 2012 – Online identity verification company miiCard today shared five helpful tips for safeguarding your identity when shopping from auction, listing or trading sites this holiday season. Consumers spent more than $37 billion online between November 1st and December 31, 2011 (comScore), and this year the National Retail Federadition (NRF) estimates that 147 million people plan to shop in store and online this Black Friday weekend. Online trading is increasing with more than half (51.8%) planning to shop online for gifts and other items this holiday season, up from 46.7 percent last year according to NRF.

    “As we buy and trade more and higher-priced items online, we are at a greater risk for fraud. This is especially true when transacting directly with your peers online because it can sometimes be hard to know who you’re dealing with and there is often little or no recourse for fraudulent activity,” said James Varga, CEO of miiCard. “miiCard’s mission is to make the Internet a more trusted place by giving people a safe and secure way to build trust when transacting online through verified IDs.”

    miiCard’s five tips for safe online shopping from auction, listing and trading sites:

    1. DO YOUR RESEARCH: Take time to read site guidelines so that you understand how the site operates and your rights and obligations. This will help you set reasonable expectations and be prepared for any unexpected outcomes. Most important information and limitations are included in the terms of service.
    2. REPUTATION IS IMPORTANT: Only buy or trade with reputable sellers. A valid profile, rating, transaction history and feedback can be just as important to a transaction as the actual product you are purchasing. Keep in mind that new sellers may not have as comprehensive a history so proceed with caution.
    3. PLAY DETECTIVE: Be sure to research a site before purchasing. If an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is. Add the words “fraud” or “scam” to the business or product name in a Google search. If the seller has victimized someone, then it’s likely you’ll see it mentioned online. If doubts still persist, try to contact a seller directly. Poor spelling and grammar in emails can also be a tip that the business is not legitimate.
    4. SECURE THAT TRANSACTION: You must ensure that the payment website is authentic and secure before entering any payment details. Always look for the padlock symbol in the browser window and that the URL begins with https:// - the ‘s’ stands for ‘secure.’
    5. PAYMENT PROTECTION: Never use direct bank account transfers to buy an item through an auction, trade or listing site. Always use a secure payment option like PayPal or pay by credit card for added purchase protections, and be sure to know the protection threshold for your particular payment method.