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Old 10-23-2012, 04:02 PM
 
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A lot of people post carefully to protect their identities while others openly post their photos and talk about personal details. Do you ever worry that the small details you post will add up to enough information for an Internet stranger to figure out who you are? Not necessarily with any evil intent, but do you worry about someone recognizing you on Facebook, through your work, or in your community without having expressly shared your identity?

It seems like just sharing your location, first name, and type of work could be enough to track down a lot of folks.

I am already on Linked In and so a lot of people can learn about me and my background. Aside from the fact that I sometimes get a little self righteous with people who are not as responsible as I feel they should be about their pet care, I don't think there is much that I write that would raise eyebrows. (And the latter would not raise too many eyebrows anyway.)

If you live a pretty conventional life that is almost boring to others, what is there to fear? I would truly be amazed if anyone was interested in a late middle aged, retired cat and dog lover's "secret thoughts" LOL!
They are pretty boring: I want to lose weight, do feral cat trap neuter return, live in a house, etc. Very exciting!
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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With C-D users, I never give it a thought. This would not apply to more local forums since because of my political thoughts and the corruption that I exposed, I got my name and address listed by one of the disgruntled along with some unattractive suggestions. I do think that it is worth a thought just depending on who you are and what you are saying to whom. Lot of crazy people loose out there.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there...
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No, I'm not afraid, if someone wants to find me, go for it.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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If someone REALLY wanted to figure out who I was, they certainly could. It'd be super creepy though...
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:13 PM
 
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Honestly, I'm a researcher. I'm really really good at tracking things down online. I could probably take a few pieces of information from several posters and find out their identities if I wanted to.

But, um, wtf? Why even bother? I cherish my own anonymity on these boards, and I'm sure others feel the same. I'd say there's enough information on here for a really good researcher to figure out my secret identity, but again, why would they bother?
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:38 PM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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A lot of people post carefully to protect their identities while others openly post their photos and talk about personal details. Do you ever worry that the small details you post will add up to enough information for an Internet stranger to figure out who you are? Not necessarily with any evil intent, but do you worry about someone recognizing you on Facebook, through your work, or in your community without having expressly shared your identity?

It seems like just sharing your location, first name, and type of work could be enough to track down a lot of folks.
Not really and my attitude is so what. Its not like I have a prison record to hide.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Folsom
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A lot of people post carefully to protect their identities while others openly post their photos and talk about personal details. Do you ever worry that the small details you post will add up to enough information for an Internet stranger to figure out who you are? Not necessarily with any evil intent, but do you worry about someone recognizing you on Facebook, through your work, or in your community without having expressly shared your identity?

It seems like just sharing your location, first name, and type of work could be enough to track down a lot of folks.
Nope. I don't share any detailed info that could be linked to me.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Not bothered at all. If I wanted to be truly "off map" I would not be posting on the net. My C-D profile is pretty full and very open and as I am here to "socialise" I chose for it to be descriptive of my circumstances. I am always amazed at how many posters put zero on their profile. If someone really wants to waste ther time tracking me, then by all means. Unless they are coming at me with a loaded gun I could not care less. I don't live in fear and apprehension of others or being "discovered".

I am actually pretty reserved and almost pathologically shy but have never been paranoid about this type of thing. Just being on the Net makes me traceable. I have no illusions as to my privacy when it comes to modern society. I just don't think about it too much or it would drive me wild, let's face it our computer footprint is being measured and carefully dissected as we speak sadly.

I hate that fact and wish it would be made illegal and enforceable for example for companies not to be able to buy data of said footprint but apparently there is no such thing as privacy when it comes to computers and either I stop shopping and interacting online or I shut up and put up with it !

C-D to me is a sociable environment and thus I have no issues disclosing my tastes, educational path, area where I live , etc... Just as I would not in a Party for example.


I have met some C-D members ( three of whom came to my Wedding in fact !) and if others want to find me the hard way by detecting methods like sniffing hounds then by all means ! It would be a lot easier to ask me though !
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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I'm not surprised that people feel unashamed about the content they post, but I am surprised how many people take the attitude "Who would care enough/waste their time finding me?" Chances are it doesn't take much time and a stretch of boredom/curiosity to inspire someone to find out details of your life.

And it wouldn't take much to make you miserable. All they have to do is get their hands on your name or picture or phone number or address and post it to a site like 4chan and let anonymous have their fun. It's true that it probably won't happen to you, but that's not because it would be difficult, it's just because there are so many people to choose from. And considering one person repped me with the comment that they had been stalked by another C-D user, it does happen.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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It is very easy to obtain your IP every time you post to the internet.
Your IP can be used to track down your location.
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