Your name usually isn't only your name, it's probably shared by other people with the same, or a very similar name. Or maybe it's hard to spell, or to type, or has special characters, or is too long for most forms. Whatever the reason, relying on a name to find your 'stuff' can be problematic. Luckily there's a solution: ORCID iDs.
ORCID is an open directory where authors can link their work to a persistent personal ID number. This helps journals, databases, individuals, and tools verify that you are you and that your work is yours. Using your ORCID iD is more accurate and secure than a name as each ORCID iD is unique. An ORCID iD provides an easy way to distinguish yourself from other people with similar names guaranteeing that you will get credit for your work.
The more information you make public, the better your ORCID iD will work.
Unlike other closed systems and/or for-profit researcher profiles, ORCID works well with a variety of other systems (and a growing number!). Connect your ORCID iD with