Paranoia...?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by pioneer461, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. pioneer461

    pioneer461 New Member

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    I subscribe to several gun and political discussion forums. For each, I use the same screen name, or a minor variation and the same password. It helps this old guy keep things simple.

    On a "wild hair" I did a Google search of my screen name. I got a whole bunch of hits, showing every forum I subscribe to and some I used to subscribe to. Some opened up user control panels, showing some personal information that I would normally be uncomfortable having "out there." I have a general distrust of the Internet because of the ability for it to be penetrated by unwanted eyes. For that reason, I am careful to not list any personal information than is necessary to register for a forum.

    I'm not sure what I can do about it, but just wanted to toss the info out for what it's worth. Call me paranoid if you wish, but I would not be surprised to learn that certain federal agencies or anti-gun groups are lurking among us.

    For any moderators who may see this, is there anything we can do to tighten up our security?
     
  2. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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    "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after you."
     

  3. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    I think if the powers that be want to they can follow your server to your personal account and have all the info they need about you.
    Me, I'm not going to post anything on the internet thinking I'm truly anonymous.
     
  4. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Welcome to the internet sir, everything you say and post can be held against you in a court of law. Please be reminded if you do not want something to come back and bite you in the ass later be very careful what personal information you post and comments or opinions you post on any public internet forums. They will be in internet airspace forever for all to see. As long as there are search engines, you can be found. If you feel you have posted something you are not sure about being seen for security and personal reasons, the Mods may be able to delete that thread or comment for you if you request it. :eek:

    Jack
     
  5. user4

    user4 New Member

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    The only thing you can do is not post anything personal or damning on the internet.
     
  6. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    Choose a more generic name for use on the internet, vary your name between forums. Only access forums from public computers or at a minimum if you have a laptop from public hot spots. Google knows more about any of us than the federal government does.
     
  7. kodiak1973

    kodiak1973 New Member

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    Not only does Google know more about us than the government, that information can be had for the low, low price of $19.99.... LOL

    In all seriousness, just a few precautions can help greatly. Keep your Antivirus updated, use a firewall, use adaware/spybot or something similar regularly. Make sure that any site you use for a "secure" transaction is using HTTPS and not HTTP (you'd be surprised how many sites don't do this). Also, don't post info if you're not willing to have your parents, your employer, your priest/pastor, and wife find it and read it. It's not just urban legend of people being fired for posting on FaceBook.. LOL

    Kodiak
     
  8. SadRobot1234

    SadRobot1234 New Member

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    If you post on lots of forums and you input personal information into them the only think you can do is go back and edit that info if you remember all your different account names and passwords. That internet is a double edged sword in terms of security. Kinda sad, but that's how it is.
     
  9. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    Being somewhat ignorant of computer & internet stuff, I kinda take it for granted that anything I post on the internet will be seen by anybody anyway. I'm not into anything illegal and my views are no secret so I just don't worry about it. I seriously doubt somebody's going to pound my door down due to my opinions or advise, but if they do, they'll win the Darwin award. I'd like to think I don't look much like a victim but am ready for most circumstances that may arise. I'm not very difficult to find in the 1st place.
     
  10. notdku

    notdku Administrator Staff Member

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    You don't have to give a single bit of real information to register here. You can be as anonymous as you want, can even enter a fake e-mail.
     
  11. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

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    +100000000 IMO having strong opinions goes hand in hand with defending them if called upon to do so, not cowering behind a rock....defending myself and my views is just as important to me now as defending my country was in the past, the way it used to be at least...and I would expect my country to reciprocate.
     
  12. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I consider every time I sign on to the interntz I'm stepping onto a public stage and dress according. [​IMG]
     
  13. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    If the feds show up for personal recreation activity, i'll try to post a warning for the rest of you.
     
  14. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Good advice right there.
    If your not willing to share it with the world keep it off the web.