in lack of a better word, what a bastard. But I can see the problems.
My boss unintentionally left a letter or two in his trash and was then looked over his shoulder when typing in his pin. He had £3000 stolen from his
account through those papers, etc.
People are too careless about their rumaging around on the net. Leaving the profiles public, with age, location photos, hobbies.... you could go
Anyone streetsmart enough would be able to pickpocket your identity of the web.
Try googling yourself, your most used username and your forum email. I was scared when I found out how much is lingering around. I even found a post I
made in '97 on a forum that is now just archived :O
The worst case for me yet, was signing up on the website photo.net back 6 years or so ago. I stopped coming there, but had some photos up for show.
Eventually I stopped using the email account associated with that profile, I forgot the password to the profile and now those photos plus some benign
info is lingering there... completely out of my reach because the owner won't allow me to reset the password on it
Your tips about handling the web was good Fos. I'll tose in some more.
1. VERY important to know: Many forums are not coded to handle the deletion of a users profile. In many cases this is because a forum would be
incoherent and full of holes if users were allowed to vanish completely. Therefore... NEVER EVER leave any personal information in a forum post.
Don't even post your website or links to photos on your personal websites. Use designated file servers for this.
2. When signing up anywhere, make sure to use a dummy email; hotmail / gmail.. what ever as long as it's free and easy to use for you. Use separate
dummy mails for forums, news site, Paypal !!!!!, dating profiles. Why, that seems like a lot of trouble?!
Well, I've noticed that even though a profile isn't public somewhere, google can sometimes still index it and unintentionally leave your email
visible through a simple search.
3. Alternate between 2 or more passwords. If you can memorize them that's perfect. Don't use something like your dogs / daughters / wifes / husband
name / birthdate / etc.
It can be as simple as: slimehog35 (which means nothing to me, I just caught two words out of the dark)
4. Try to refrain from posting too much info about yourself on profiles like facebook or forums, ie. telephonenumber, business mail. Why do you need
to anyways? The people you know and might be the most obvious to contact you probably already have that information.
If someone new wants to contact you, well, if they can't be bothered to send you and in-site mail then I guess it really wasn't that important after
5. When you've done like Fos wrote, then get Zonealarm. It's really really good, and should you be unlucky to get something in anyways, then
Zonealarm not only blocks incomming traffic but it asks permission from you to allow outgoing traffic.
I've stopped quite a few malware with this deal
6. Do not open emails from people you don't know, which have attachments on it. Especially if the title is something like "new viagra cheap huge
long forever better sex"
Well, that should be a given
7. Clean out cookies and cache of your browser every single time you shut down your browser. Many popups and malware operate through the help of
cookies and downloaded webfiles. If you didn't have a defense system and you didn't empty those cookies / cache, you might get something loaded into
the system when the computer restarts.
I bet we could share more of these... please do. I'm trying to keep up my guards.