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How to Create a Decentralized Identity Using Civic

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Decentralized identification is one of the most valuable features of blockchain technology. In an age where data breaches are de rigueur, and you cannot trust any company or government agency to hold on to your personal information, a technology that snatches back control is important.

That’s where Civic Secure Identity steps in. The Civic platform integrates decentralized identity, cryptocurrency, financial, social, medical, and other forms of data into a single place to give you greater control over the personal data you share.

Here’s how Civic works and how to create a Civic decentralized identity.

What Is Civic Secure Identity?

Civic Secure Identity is a DApp built on the Ethereum blockchain that allows for the creation of secure decentralized identities. The idea is that a Civic user can create a single identity which allows them to interface with all manner of sites, services, businesses, and organizations without constantly creating a new username, password, or otherwise.

How to Create a Civic Decentralized Identity

First things first: download and install the Civic Secure Identity App. Civic Secure Identity is available for Android and iOS. I’m using the Android version for this guide.

Download: Civic Secure Identity for Android | iOS (Both Free)

You must create a secure passcode for the app. It will then ask if you have an existing Civic QR to scan. If you do, you can scan it now to import your identity. If not, continue without scanning.

Next, you’ll create an account using your regular email address and phone number.

And, that’s it; you just created your first Civic Secure Identity account. It is incredibly basic. Now you can continue the guide and use the Civic decentralized identity to access some websites without creating a username, password, or otherwise.

Test Your Civic Secure Identity with a WikiHow Account

Now you have a Civic decentralized identity. You can use it sign into any sites using the Civic platform. One of the biggest sites to implement Civic is WikiHow, the site that aims to show you how to do almost anything.

Head to the WikiHow homepage and select Log In > Civic. A Civic QR code will appear.

Open the Civic Secure Identity app on your smartphone. Press the green icon in the bottom left of the Civic app and scan the QR code using the scanner. The activation process will take a moment. When it completes, your WikiHow account is ready to go.

Using Civic Secure Identity for KYC

Know Your Customer (KYC) is an important antifraud process that many cryptocurrency exchanges and blockchain businesses use. KYC protects both users and businesses from fraudulent practices. However, until the advent of decentralized identification, you would have to enter your credentials with each new exchange or service you want to use.

(For clarity, KYC isn’t just a username and password, it uses official documents like a passport or driving license to verify real identities.)

The Civic Secure Identity App can manage your KYC documents, allowing you to pre-KYC verify. Civic’s KYC service extends the functionality of the Civic Secure Identity app. During the Civic decentralized identity creation process, you will also add any identification documents using your smartphone scanner.

Civic verifies your identity documents using the Identity.com marketplace, which it also owns. Identity.com uses trusted verifiers to confirm your identity. The verifiers earn CVC tokens (the cryptocurrency of the Civic ecosystem) in exchange for their secure service, and your identity documents remain verified until you revoke them. You can use the same verification and same identity documents to complete KYC checks across multiple services, exchanges, and more without going through the hassle of repeatedly uploading and verifying.

You can use the KYC verification service in the Brave browser (is Brave browser worth your time?) or if you create a makers account at Pinterest’s blockchain spin-off, MakersPlace, amongst others.

Is Civic Secure Identity the Same as Facebook Login?

Not quite. Civic Secure Identity will provide the same ubiquitous login experience as Facebook or other social logins. But you don’t have to compromise your data in the process, as with the Facebook and Google tracking associated with those social login options.

One of the most important things to note about Civic Secure Identity is that it provides a real-world use-case for blockchain technology and one that regular people can use without a confusing or extensive setup. You download the app, plug in your credentials, and that’s it; you’re in control of your identity.

Of course, being in control of your identity is only as good as the websites supporting Civic Secure Identity and other decentralized identity platforms.

Decentralized Identity Is the Future

Civic is not the only company pushing the decentralized identity marketplace forward. We recently looked at how to create a decentralized identity using uPort, another decentralized identity management app. Other decentralized identity projects include the Sovrin Foundations Project Indy (which is part of the Hyperledger Project), and Microsoft’s Ion, which is built on the Bitcoin blockchain.

The decentralized identity space is, for me, one of the most exciting and important areas of blockchain development. Internet users constantly choose between convenience and privacy. The trade-off is rarely equal. Why? Because your private data is valuable. Please note that this doesn’t stop a platform using your data once you sign up and begin using the service. It does, however, stop the service passing on your user credentials.

Looking for more ways to enhance your privacy with cryptocurrency? Here are the most private cryptocurrencies you can use right now.

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Gavin Phillips
Gavin is the SEO Manager and a Senior Writer for Blocks Decoded. He’s been invested in Bitcoin since 2010 and has contributed to several crypto and blockchain publications, including Envilope. Gavin loves real-world applications of blockchain technology, such as Civic and uPort, and how blockchain technology can help protect privacy. Gavin is also a Senior Writer for MakeUseOf.
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