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Old 01-18-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
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Default OT: Public Service Announcement - Use different screennames

Just figured I'd throw this out for folks out there in internet land. Use generic screennames and change them between sites. I used to use a single one and have since changed and use about a half dozen - again, all generic. You can never guarrantee your privacy on the internet but you'd be amazed at how much information a person can compile based on just a few details dropped in a few different places on the internet.

Scattered details helped us locate Mock when the PB incident happened and if anyone caught the disappearing gym trick from Tsiguy, it can really become an issue. There's also been things I've read over the years of employers taking your screenname (often in the form of your email address) and posting it into a search engine to see what kinds of things you're doing online. Just good practice for everyone's well being to cover your tracks and keep in mind the few details you scatter around can be leaving a trail.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:31 AM   #2
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Intresting. Didnt think much about it thanks.
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Wait...disappearing gym trick?
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it also goes without saying to use a different password for each site. especially if you use the same screen name. i've seen cases in the past where somebody's account gets compromised on one site, and then mischievous people (members or admins) use that info to cause trouble on other sites by posting under the compromised account. not all forum software is as secure with passwords as vbulletin... on some sites, the admins/mods can see your password with your account info.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:39 AM   #5
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:40 AM   #6
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Wait...disappearing gym trick?
Tsiguy was being a prick in some thread about a gym and some people started making fun of him so he deleted the thread, remade it, TheRev delivered a blow, so he deleted again.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:42 AM   #7
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Basically.... You're screwed.

Unless you put a lot of work into "hiding" yourself - You will be found.

I fought that war for a little while and realized that I have to have a "public" face, and a private face.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:46 AM   #8
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I use the same screen name everywhere and am too lazy to change them. I do have a different one on the espn boards but it is still jhns20 or jhns22, don't remember now.

If you guys want my life story, no need to search, I will just give it to you. If you are looking for information for credit fraud or something, I hate you and you can go f yourself. I don't think I have ever given info that would help with fraud anyways. Then again, I don't know what information you would need so maybe I have.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:47 AM   #9
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it also goes without saying to use a different password for each site. especially if you use the same screen name. i've seen cases in the past where somebody's account gets compromised on one site, and then mischievous people (members or admins) use that info to cause trouble on other sites by posting under the compromised account. not all forum software is as secure with passwords as vbulletin... on some sites, the admins/mods can see your password with your account info.
ive seen this too, the admin would take the users emails and passwords to paypal. as you can imagine, a LOT LOT of issues came of that.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:47 AM   #10
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OP is good advice. It's kinda a pain to use different names and passwords but it can be a real life savor in the end, especially if your identity is compromised.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:50 AM   #12
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OP is good advice. It's kinda a pain to use different names and passwords but it can be a real life savor in the end, especially if your identity is compromised.
It's good advice, but really - I have been on the internet so long - my identity is already known.
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I use the same screen name everywhere and am too lazy to change them. I do have a different one on the espn boards but it is still jhns20 or jhns22, don't remember now.

If you guys want my life story, no need to search, I will just give it to you. If you are looking for information for credit fraud or something, I hate you and you can go f yourself. I don't think I have ever given info that would help with fraud anyways. Then again, I don't know what information you would need so maybe I have.
your life story is not that hard to figure out. just reading your posts here, i already know that:

a) you're 14 years old
b) you have a massive crush on Jay Cutler
c) Josh McDaniels ran over your cat

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Old 01-18-2011, 10:35 AM   #15
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your life story is not that hard to figure out. just reading your posts here, i already know that:

a) you're 14 years old
b) you have a massive crush on Jay Cutler
c) Josh McDaniels ran over your cat

Actually it was my hampster. I miss Nibbles.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:16 PM   #17
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Look at http://www.spokeo.com and see what info they have on you based on the internet. You can get it on privacy but check it first. Scary.
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Just figured I'd throw this out for folks out there in internet land. Use generic screennames and change them between sites. I used to use a single one and have since changed and use about a half dozen - again, all generic. You can never guarrantee your privacy on the internet but you'd be amazed at how much information a person can compile based on just a few details dropped in a few different places on the internet.

Scattered details helped us locate Mock when the PB incident happened and if anyone caught the disappearing gym trick from Tsiguy, it can really become an issue. There's also been things I've read over the years of employers taking your screenname (often in the form of your email address) and posting it into a search engine to see what kinds of things you're doing online. Just good practice for everyone's well being to cover your tracks and keep in mind the few details you scatter around can be leaving a trail.
I use different names on every site and have several different email accounts. And NEVER have had a facebook account. There are no guarantee's of privacy unfortunately but think before giving certain info out.
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Look at http://www.spokeo.com and see what info they have on you based on the internet. You can get it on privacy but check it first. Scary.
I was shocked to find on White pages they have info on where I live and who lives with me and who lived with me in the past. I know it is connected with the address but some of the people they had living with me in the past hadn't lived at the current address. And I have an unlisted number.
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I was shocked to find on White pages they have info on where I live and who lives with me and who lived with me in the past. I know it is connected with the address but some of the people they had living with me in the past hadn't lived at the current address. And I have an unlisted number.
as long as your name is not Sarah Connor, you're ok.... for now.
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I live off the grid like John Connor. Except for my PetPerks membership oviously. I GOTSTA have discount prices on assorted cat beds and scratching posts.

*edit* Blast! Beaten to a Connor joke!
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I live off the grid like John Connor. Except for my PetPerks membership oviously. I GOTSTA have discount prices on assorted cat beds and scratching posts.

*edit* Blast! Beaten to a Connor joke!
there is no such thing as "off the grid".

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Wait...disappearing gym trick?
I think it is very simular to the Phillipine hanging basket trick
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A little off topic but several years ago I had a guy refuse to pay a bill he owed me. I guess he didn't realize I had his name, home address and phone number. I still enjoy going to trade shows and signing him up for every free promotion possible (siding, roofing, vacuum cleaners and water purifiers). I always make a note to only call early in the morning or late in the evening and if you can't get me at home please call my work number.
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It's good advice, but really - I have been on the internet so long - my identity is already known.
Who in the hell are you
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