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I honestly couldn't care less about any of that. I rather like my name, so if I want to use it, I will.
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I don't worry too much about it. I'm careful with my financial info, and I don't offer my name up just anywhere, but a dedicated person or computer algorithm could probably track me down. And then what? There is nothing on the internet that can do serious harm to my reputation, and even if there was I will get over it . I'm not worried about loss of business. The people I work with don't give a shit what I do online.

Of course it's not the same for everybody, and you do need to be careful what you share. Most young people share too much. But you can put yourself out there in a thoughtful and responsible way, and can even make social media work for you.

I don't have Facebook or any other social media though. I just don't have any use for it.
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foraslan wrote:

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.


Some people swear by their paid VPNs but I'm skeptical of those because VPNs have logs too. It's using paper bags as an armor.

Quora isn't bad. I like it because it isn't Wikipedia or TV Tropes, which send me into rabbit holes of endless clicks. With Quora the time waste baiting isn't nearly as bad. Yet.


kinga750 wrote:

Of course it's not the same for everybody, and you do need to be careful what you share. Most young people share too much. But you can put yourself out there in a thoughtful and responsible way, and can even make social media work for you.

I don't have Facebook or any other social media though. I just don't have any use for it.


I do find some of the oversharing on CR cringe worthy. Well, still no real names at least.

I admit that sometimes my only use for Facebook is getting bonuses for mobile games that tell me to "share on Facebook" for bonuses
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nanikore2 wrote:


foraslan wrote:

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.


Some people swear by their paid VPNs but I'm skeptical of those because VPNs have logs too. It's using paper bags as an armor.

Quora isn't bad. I like it because it isn't Wikipedia or TV Tropes, which send me into rabbit holes of endless clicks. With Quora the time waste baiting isn't nearly as bad. Yet.


kinga750 wrote:

Of course it's not the same for everybody, and you do need to be careful what you share. Most young people share too much. But you can put yourself out there in a thoughtful and responsible way, and can even make social media work for you.

I don't have Facebook or any other social media though. I just don't have any use for it.


I do find some of the oversharing on CR cringe worthy. Well, still no real names at least.

I admit that sometimes my only use for Facebook is getting bonuses for mobile games that tell me to "share on Facebook" for bonuses :P


Some VPN companies don't keep logs.

"Some"
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Aninemity isn't necessary if you're just. Otherwise you probably shouldn't be on the Internet.

I have anonymity and look how I've abused it i'm not proud of it I hold myself to a higher standard and when I drop the bar I stub my toe which makes it harder to move forward. It's easier to make someone hate you but a burnt down bridge takes time, effort, and the help and co-operation of others to rebuild and that's when trust is formed.

If it's for safty reason you need to remember that the odds are very slim so if you don't just give out personal information wily-nily you'll be golden.

Every post here feels like a lecture and a speech in one. (-_-;)
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Locks on a house keep the honest thief out, or something like that.
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My real name is posted on FB; however, since I'm well past being enthusiastic about all things reaction-based versus critical thinking-based I almost never use it. There are other individuals residing both here and abroad that have the same name as me and they, so far, have been more successful in their pursuits than myself. Yea, them.

I'm thinking IP-address will follow a person around on Facebook et al moreso than what one's parents, guardian(s), or some court system identified you as on your driver's license or other formal form of physical documentation versus a personified or imaginative pseudonym.

Probably best not to post at all, eh?
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I don't really do anything I'd have to hide. Also, my name is extremely common.
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My mother-in-law won't hire someone who doesn't have a Facebook, since it seems like they have 'something to hide' or are technologically behind, which isn't good for a job that requires computers. A good balance is to have accounts with your real name you update weekly or so for professional use, and personal ones with pseudonyms. Keep the professional accounts entirely politics free, make the updates on safe subjects like 'Yay! Cubs won!' and maybe some mild banter with friends like 'Want to go see Doctor Strange this weekend?'. Curate it.
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i am sogno and sogno is me
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I also do not reveal my real-life name on the internet to protect myself from the Capitalists especially when I am overpowered enough to destroy the Capitalist delusion and campaign. And I am especially thankful for hiding my name now that an extremist had taken over the Republican Party. I am also sure that the Capitalists are not overpowered enough to discover my real-life location. To find my location, they would have to go through many leads full of false alerts and many of those leads are backed by many strong evidences; that is why ex-president Bush cannot anticipation the 9/11 attack even when he believe in Capitalism where everyone can become overpowered, detect a threat long before it occur, and stop it right away.
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sinoakayumi wrote:

I also do not reveal my real-life name on the internet to protect myself from the Capitalists especially when I am overpowered enough to destroy the Capitalist delusion and campaign. And I am especially thankful for hiding my name now that an extremist had taken over the Republican Party. I am also sure that the Capitalists are not overpowered enough to discover my real-life location. To find my location, they would have to go through many leads full of false alerts and many of those leads are backed by many strong evidences; that is why ex-president Bush cannot anticipation the 9/11 attack even when he believe in Capitalism where everyone can become overpowered, detect a threat long before it occur, and stop it right away.


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Ryulightorb wrote:



Some VPN companies don't keep logs.

"Some"


I would never trust any claim of complete anonymity.

http://blog.spotflux.com/debunking-the-myths-of-vpn-service-providers/


pansyforyourthoughts wrote:

My mother-in-law won't hire someone who doesn't have a Facebook, since it seems like they have 'something to hide' or are technologically behind, which isn't good for a job that requires computers. A good balance is to have accounts with your real name you update weekly or so for professional use, and personal ones with pseudonyms. Keep the professional accounts entirely politics free, make the updates on safe subjects like 'Yay! Cubs won!' and maybe some mild banter with friends like 'Want to go see Doctor Strange this weekend?'. Curate it.


My company doesn't love its employees' social media activities because it's just another avenue to leak company secrets. If I don't engage in social media, they'd actually like it better that way.


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Aninemity isn't necessary if you're just. Otherwise you probably shouldn't be on the Internet.



It doesn't matter if you think you're standing on moral high ground.

Anyone could find anything anyone post "not to their taste". Anyone could use anything against you for any reason they want.
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That doesn't matter because anybody can pose as somebody. For example, I can name myself John Doe or lets say my name is John Doe. There can be tons of other John Doe's out there and nothing can be used against you.

This also goes for ip addresses (someone ^^^ mentioned it) people can use VPNs or proxies which can't prove anything.
Although a pseudonym is cool for names. People should use their real names if they please.
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I like the connections I've made through social media. I've also used the same username everywhere for a really long time and a lot of people know me through that that don't know my real name. As much as people want to be with their panties all in a bunch, this is the age we're living in and it's not really as scary as some people make it sound as long as you're responsible with it.

I don't post a lot of bullshit on my Facebook page because I have a lot of professional acquaintances as friends on there, while the profile itself is entirely private with nothing outside of friends only besides my profile and cover pictures (which are both anime). I keep that page locked the hell down. Of course there are also a few hundred people at least with my first and last name, some of them that live pretty close to my area even, so it's not a big deal anyway.

I have one friend who leaves absolutely everything he posts and does public though, and is always making controversial posts with politics and race and everything else and he always gets hundreds of comments on the stuff and is infamous in his friend circles and even outside of that because his posts end up showing up almost everywhere. I think it's pretty hilarious, but the company he works for (IT company) is fine with it, and he owns his own tokusatsu fansite that's relatively known too so the crossover is amusing also.
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