Using real info on online profilesPosted 10 years Ago

At 2/12/2011 9:20:47 PM, zGodMode wrote:
At 2/12/2011 8:25:57 PM, What_Does_It_Do wrote:
At 2/12/2011 7:13:54 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
Who cares if some anonymous user is single, straight, Latino, etc.

They don't have your real name, your passwords, your criminal record, your social security number, date of birth, email, etc. (At least based on the info I provided on my profile.)

Maybe Sean, but I already had your name, picture, music and state in under an hour. Imagine what a professional stalker could do in a few days.

I love how you skip over my example of Albert Gonzalez.
It doesn't matter how hard you try, if a pro stalker is after you, they'll have whatever they want.

Buddy, there were 3 replies in 10 mins in a forum open to anyone, not to mention the messages afterwards. I love the way you assume just because I didn't reply directly you had somehow scored some kind of point. I don't even know who the hell Albert Gonzalez is, I assume he is a pro stalker and you are trying to state that if someone is out to get you, they'll get you no matter what. Let me ask you this, do you lock the door on the way out of the house, did you know thats a complete waste of time since if someone wanted to break in they could just steal a tank and roll right on through?
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Using real info on online profilesPosted 10 years Ago

At 2/12/2011 7:13:54 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
Who cares if some anonymous user is single, straight, Latino, etc.

They don't have your real name, your passwords, your criminal record, your social security number, date of birth, email, etc. (At least based on the info I provided on my profile.)

Maybe Sean, but I already had your name, picture, music and state in under an hour. Imagine what a professional stalker could do in a few days.
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Using real info on online profilesPosted 10 years Ago

lol I knew someone would claim paranoia. This is a common viewpoint of people who've used the internet for a while and formed the complacent idea that they somehow know who is online and who isn't. Consider this. If I wrote your phone number onto a public toilet wall in a city, what are the chances you'd get a few creepy calls? Now imagine writing your viewpoints, opinions, rants, comebacks and personal details permanently on a billboard that hundreds, thousands and potentially millions of people can access. You've already experienced stalkers on Facebook, what happens if one of those people finds out your Debate.org profile name? Not so paranoid now, is it? And the more sites you register with, the larger the footprint you leave and the easier it is to piece together your life. Hell, if I know someone's Facebook name, I can find out who their friends are. What if one of your Facebook friends owes money to a loan shark? Suddenly he has your name too. Hell, you can get stalked by someone you don't even know, how many cases have we had of politicians getting shot by people that have never met them, just read their viewpoints?
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Using real info on online profilesPosted 10 years Ago

Posted this as a debate but it was suggested it'd be better as a forum topic:

People who give factual info about themselves when registering on sites (esp Debate.org) are crazy.

I use fake info as much as I can online. Profiles on most sites last for years if not forever. Why would any sane person put enough information down about themselves so that some disgruntled person at any point in the future can snoop through their details and messages and find out where they live, where they work, their hobbies, the name of their kids and their pets, where they went to school, sexual orientation, race, religion, politics, their photo (!!!), their email/facebook/aim. I think people who use real info on any online profile unless it's absolutely necessary (eg providing an email to get a confirmation message) are insane. Have fun discussing!
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