Protect your privacy

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by user4, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. user4

    user4 New Member

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    Since I joined up a little over a year ago, I've noticed the trend by certain people to ask seemingly innocuous questions that, by themselves, are harmless enough but with in concert with all the other threads add up to a ton of revealing information that in the wrong hands can lead to some bad karma.

    Threads like:

    Describe your town
    What's your age group?
    Show us a pic or yourself!
    What weapons do you have?
    What's your political position?

    and a host of other revealing threads can tell the wrong people everything they need to know about you.

    Since the last election, there has been a larger than normal number of people from the "other side" who come here and stir the pot up with their leftist rhetoric under the guise of "being open minded". I don't know these people and neither do any of you. Do you want them being able to peruse our archives for the cornucopia of information (some of it damning) that you willingly submitted?

    The government is not too friendly to people like us these days. In fact it seems openly hostile. There's a lot of frustration here and we like to think of FTF as a place to blow off a little steam, but we have to be careful. There are bad men in our midst. Guard your privacy, gentlemen.
     
  2. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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    While I do use my real name as my user name and I’ve posted my actual location, I do still enjoy a great deal of privacy. And being an FFL and having my prints on file with the feds is not an entirely comforting thought, and is something I struggled with during the application process. So finding me is certainly no great task for anyone that’s interested.

    However thanks for the affirmation, what you said is VERY true. I always think this way and generally try to steer clear of revealing too much or coming off a certain way, although it doesn’t always work. And what really bugs the crap out of me is the wife constantly snapping pictures with her phone and immediately posting them to facebook or whatever to let everyone know what we’re doing.
     

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I couldn't agree more. I myself have opened up my personal ideas and beliefs, perhaps I've said too much.
    I also think we all may be opening ourselves up to greater government interest simply by visiting this site. ineff is right about the current administration being hostile towards people who hold similar beliefs to most of the members here. Big brother is getting closer.

    Thanks for the reminder.
     
  4. IGETEVEN

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    Indeed Ineff you are very correct in your assumption about volunteered information here quite possibly falling into the wrong hands and some forget that any and all comments can be reproduced by a simple Google search. But speaking for myself here, the government has everything they need on me already, finger prints, blood type, military background and specialty, SS#, location and family members.

    I would never give out any personal information or intell out on the internet that I know would compromise my personal life. But, I would give enough out to bait others who's intentions are to do me or mine harm, and offer them an open invitation to come find me and I would welcome them with aggresive and lively engagement. ;)

    Jack
     
  5. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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    You are of course referring to lively conversation aren't you? :D
     
  6. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    There are thousands of Matt Gs out there and more than a dozen of us have Kimbers and a few of us are Libertarians.

    The bummer thing is that only one of us have the IP that I have. It's really simple to find out who someone is by using their IP, that can be found on the website.
     
  7. user4

    user4 New Member

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    But your email is visible to all and a search of that email shows your Jeep forum and your full name.
     
  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I wish some one would steal my identity maybe they would fix my credit and pay down my credit card.

    See I look at it like this. I have 1 credit card and it is dang near maxed out. Meaning your not going to get much out of it before they shut it down. So who cares. Go ahead and steal away. Your going to get more problems that you want by stealing my ID....

    Oh and Life lock DOESN'T work. They have already been sued a few times because people got wiped out and they didn't pay out.
     
  9. dunerunner

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    I was going to post to this thread then realized Ineff was just trying to get more information about me!!! :eek:
     
  10. Dillinger

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    Creditable Source?? And NOT just Let me Google that for you. :rolleyes:

    From the May edition of PC World and the key is STILL PENDING. That doesn't mean they are guilty anymore than me saying you're guilty of fraud - it still needs to be proven.

    I have had them for over 2 years and have had two issues.

    One was when I was out of the country and trying to make purchase in Puerto Vallarta and they blocked it due to excessive credit card fraud from that part of the world.

    Another time my CC information was obtained, most likely through an internet website, and a purchase was attempted to set up an internet account. That was immediately pounced on and forwarded to me and the authorities in that area ( Bay Area, Kalifornia ).

    The reduction in spam and junk mail has been outstanding, especially since every credit card company in the free world started bombarding us with offers when we purchased our house.

    Pre-approvals, sometimes 2 or 3 a day, was all I needed to have fall into the wrong hands.

    JD
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2009
  11. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    An in depth search of the IP address would disclose my phone number and address.
     
  12. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Do those IP hiding websites actually work or do they just delay the results?
     
  13. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    dude if you send me an email I can get your IP from that then I cna turn around and trace that IP to within 1/2 mile of your home. Take that and a little nighttime dumpster diving badda bing badda bang I got everything I need.
     
  14. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Do you steal identities?
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Anybody file income taxes online & use direct deposit?
    Bad idea; at my old job, one of my regular tasks was to use state & federal income tax returns to find those account numbers used for direct deposit so my boss could have the guys sieze any funds in those accounts. They did this to satisfy sales tax liabilities, as far as i know. Sales tax is collected from the buyer at the time of sale & remitted to the state, not paid by the seller (made me feel better about it).

    I file on paper. When that is no longer an option, i'll still have them mail a check to the address i file from.
     
  16. Bigcat_hunter

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    With the age of the internet, privacy is gone.
     
  17. WDB

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    Good point Ineff,
    Easy to build a nice profile of a person based on this information.
     
  18. General_lee

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    Hello Ineffable,
    I sincerely apologise if my "describe your town" thread was not such a good idea.
    The thought that it could lead to bad karma didn't cross my mind when i first posted it:(
     
  19. Hey-you-guys

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    I try to do as little on the computer as possible. I have no MySpace or anything like that because someone can get all of your information and your picture, and make a new profile saying that they're you and make death threats to the White House, try to solicit sex with underage girls, or a number of other things. All I really do on the net is learn about different things through Wikipedia or post here on FTF.
     
  20. stalkingbear

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    I recently got my identity stolen so I know exactly what all is involved in straightening it out. I'd always assumed that because my credit sucked (fraud medical bill overcharges), that my identity would be safe-WRONG!!!!