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Posted 11/4/16 , edited 11/4/16
I never use my real name anywhere on the Internet for account display.

I don't even use a real name for Facebook. Then again, I only use FB to log into accounts that force people to have social media accounts (My Google account doesn't have a real name either, and even more online services use Google accounts.)

You shouldn't either. This is why.

You know that whatever you say online now pretty much lasts forever. Anything and everything recorded will stay on some disc somewhere, the bits being shifted and shoved around, forever.

Over even just a fraction of a lifetime, that's a whole lot of stuff that could be used against you for the purpose of anything, by anyone.

Of course, you could say that you "have nothing to hide". Go ahead... stand out in the cold of the night naked. There is nothing to hide. Live in a glass house... There is nothing to hide.

It's not just the dumb things that you say. It could be seemingly innocent stuff that someone somewhere just don't like for any reason.

That person could be your (future) employer, who then could get your ass fired from your job.

Google search "facebook fired"

It's not just Facebook. I know there are instances that people posted just a bit too much on LinkedIn and got busted.

...I don't use LinkedIn. I use my real name only on the internal network at work where I have no choice but to.

Hey, if I could use pseudonyms on the company network I would too. Of course, that kind of kills off some of the collaborative functionalities of the network but that's a fair trade off.

I recently discovered Quora, another time wasting sink hole. Of course I don't use my real name on that either...

Just an advice. Better be safe than sorry.

One more thing. Don't use the same pseudonyms or even the same user icons everywhere, either. With datamining technologies nowadays, you could be found using that in a flash given the right equipment, even with other people using the same icons.

Of course, eventually nothing you do would escape detection because writing styles can be datamined too, but until then, don't volunteer your identity up front.
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my name for a lot of stuff was pseudo

am i doin it rite?
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nanikore2 wrote:
It's not just the dumb things that you say. It could be seemingly innocent stuff that someone somewhere just don't like for any reason.


Fair point, just look at what's been done with things Trump has said. There's no comparison between the original footage and the collage's they've spliced together to make him sound bad

But! ...a lot of those people who got fired actually did say bad things or did something ridiculous, but even if they didn't and they were fired over a simple disagreement if they both have acquaintances most likely that pseudonym will identified as you anyway. It sorta takes away the point of being in a social network if you're trying to hide within it.

Personally, I don't care because I no longer have the time and effort to waste working for people who would even consider firing me over a benign facebook post. I've worked for a good deal of people who would try to ruin my life on a whim and it isn't worth playing their game and hoping they're in a perpetually good mood, heh. For me, my opinion is my opinion regardless of where I am sharing it. If people don't like it they're not going to like me anyway, but they're in the wrong and I've quit pretending to agree with things I don't agree with out of safety.

It's unfortunate that even if you don't use your real name, your IP is associated with your name registered at your internet service provider and if there's anything serious that's more than enough to find you. You're definitely already found, at least here in America. I guess an exception to that may be if you've always used a VPN when you did anything online but it's still a futile struggle, to avoid being seen by big brother.

I'm not a social networking type though, the only one I participate in is facebook and that's because it's the only way I'm going to stay in touch with the majority of the people I've met.

Well, I'm not worried about it personally - I think I'm more worried about having who I voted for used against me than anything I've ever said on FB, since, you know, they've already made a point to target voters and defame them if they don't agree.
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My Name is Nathan i give that info away easily i choose not to do it everywhere because despite the risks fuck it
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Posted 11/4/16 , edited 11/7/16

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And then there's Windows 10. Where EVERYTHING you do on your computer is saved to Microsoft's cloud. Even if you do it off-line, as soon as you turn on the Internet connection, it uploads EVERYTHING you did off-line to Microsoft's cloud.

Win7 is the last Microsoft OS, I will ever use. When Win7 stops getting supported by PC game developers, I'll stop gaming. (There is hope for me, though, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYO7XTAX41FPp1AQbwr6wA-IUy4cAHLNN.)
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Meh, it's whatever in my case. Nothing crazy on my Facebook and never will be 'cause I'm an antisocial prick.

Although a nickname based off an old username is what my friends and boyfriend refer to me as: Yon.

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Meh, I'll still use my name.
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Well I use my name in moderation lol (is that even a real thing?)

Furthermore, my nickname is the one getting public, not my real name lol
So I guess that's fine.
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There's only one solution to this problem. Constant and unrelenting lawsuits.
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Lala agrees, but Lala doesn't really use that internet that much so Lala's not worried too much about it.
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Posted 11/4/16 , edited 11/4/16

DeadlyOats wrote:



And then there's Windows 10. Where EVERYTHING you do on your computer is saved to Microsoft's cloud. Even if you do it off-line, as soon as you turn on the Internet connection, it uploads EVERYTHING you did off-line to Microsoft's cloud.

Win7 is the last Microsoft OS, I will ever use. When Win7 stops getting supported by PC game developers, I'll stop gaming. (There is hope for me, though, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYO7XTAX41FPp1AQbwr6wA-IUy4cAHLNN.)


You need to shut off that phone home https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10
Posted 11/4/16 , edited 11/4/16
I only use my real name on certain accounts where I don't have weird stuff on it.

Other than that, I use a username for everything else.
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I never use my real name online, but a false sense of security is the main thing I gain from it. When most of your browsing is done from a few IPs all through the same ISP, data-mining technologies pretty much ensure that, if someone was super duper determined (another thing I'm thankful for is I'm super duper boring enough that you'd be a moron to look this hard for me), they could find me.

Basically, I figure that if someone with significant skill and resources wants to find out about me, they will- but why make it any easier?

BTW, how do you like Quora? It's one of my favorite sites. Apart from here, youtube, and a couple others, it's about the only one I spend significant time on. I'm particularly fond of the sections for Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings.
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Might as well hide in your apartment and keep your mouth shut while talking to people. But even the stuff you don't say can lead to unwanted consequences. And if someone is really determined to drag your name through the mud, they can just doctor some evidence. I think that a much more sound piece of advice would be to conduct yourself in an appropriate manner whether online or off.
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I don't use social media and I have a dynamic IP that changes every time I unplug my modem, plus my IP traces back to somewhere like 100+ miles away from me.

Either way, I'm more concerned about being fired if I decide to be openly gay in a bible belt state than I am about getting fired for saying stupid stuff.
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