Guide to Personal Cards



What is a personal card?

It is an Information Card that you create yourself, using your own selector, vs. one that you download from a website (the latter is called a managed card because it's managed by the website). By analogy to the cards in your wallet or purse, a personal card is a like business card: you control what information appears on it, vs. a card you are given by a business or government agency.


What does a personal card look like? Can I see one in action?

Watch a personal card being created in our introductory video. Just let the video load, then click the second topic.


What type of information typically appears on a personal card?

The type of information you are mostly commonly asked to provide when registering for a new website. Currently selectors let you choose from any of the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email Address
  • Postal Address
  • Country
  • Primary Phone Number
  • Secondary Phone Number
  • Mobile Phone Number
  • Birthdate
  • Gender
  • Webpage (URL)


How many personal cards can I have?

As many as you want - you can create as many "personas" (work, home, hobbies, social networks, etc.) as you like. Most people will have 2 or 3.


Can I create a personal card that doesn't have any of my personal data on it?

Yes. And you can use it to login to websites that don't require any personal data.


Where will my personal cards be stored?

Different selectors offer different options. Right now the Windows CardSpace selector stores them locally on your machine, as a file. The Azigo selector stores them in a secure online service, so you never have to worry about losing them. The Novell DigitalMe selector currently stores them locally but is going to offer both options. (CardSpace eventually plans to offer both options too.)

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