Don't tell your life story on the internets!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Auntie, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Auntie

    Auntie New Member

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    I knew many of you are internet savvy but I just ran across something on another site that really bothered me so I thought I would share the incident.

    I use another website for home and garden advice. The search function is archaic so people often Google user names to find a post in the site. This morning I Googled a user name to find a post. I didn't get that many hits but I was shocked to see how much I could find out about this person from her user name. I got the results that I was searching for plus hits on an acne board, a weight loss board, a health board and a travel board! :eek:

    We all know that nothing on the net is private. I was still surprised how shockingly easy it was to find out a tremendous amount of personal information about this woman without even trying. Be smart about user names, especially when posting sensitive information!
     
  2. Stormy

    Stormy Well-Known Member

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    Good advice...an example of how common sense is not always so common. That's why I like "Stormy" since it's so generic.
     
  3. BaileyCatts

    BaileyCatts Well-Known Member

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    I did that once and actually found ANOTHER "BaileyCatts" posting on a board, and it wasn't me! :wideeyes: My name is 'Bailey' (my kitty) 'Catts' (cause he was, well, u know .... a :cat:! Plus I hit the "t" twice, but I called him my little Baileycatts all da time. Way too strange there is another BaileyCatts out there posting on boards. :lol:
     
  4. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

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    I don't use the same user name across boards.

    But...here's a question: did you find out her real name or where she lives?

    Because without that info, it's really not so bad.

    And if she spills that much all over the web, she might be the sort of person who doesn't care who knows. Some people spill all that info in real life. My sister-in-law tells everyone who wanders into her business endless details about her personal life and doesn't seem to care that the whole town knows every detail about her health, relationships, finances, etc...
     
  5. dbell1

    dbell1 Well-Known Member

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    I'm apparently a professor and a fencing (sport, not stockade) expert. I'm also in New Zealand and looking for women? :shuffle: I did find a few things that were me. You can tell I'm a coffee drinker and owned a Subaru. :D
     
  6. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

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    Until recently I was the only MacMadame anywhere on the entire interwebz. But now there is one on Twitter. Damn her. :lol:
     
  7. Mozart

    Mozart Well-Known Member

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    I suppose if I googled my username I would get lots of hits;)
     
  8. professordeb

    professordeb Well-Known Member

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    I googled mine and came up with someone who gives advice regarding online credit and two of my posts here at FSU made the first page!
     
  9. Squibble

    Squibble New Member

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  10. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

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    Well, are you sure this is the same person behind this username ?
     
  11. AliasJohnDoe

    AliasJohnDoe Dornbush 2015!!!

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    My username in google brings up a lot of court cases. None are mine of course. :lol:
     
  12. KatieC

    KatieC Well-Known Member

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    Apparently there's lots of me, but none are me. At least the first 5 pages. It would creep me out to see all that information about me on the net.