You think you are anonymous on the Internet?

There was a discussion on the forum about using your name or trying to hide your identity to avoid being identified by your colleagues, employers or the authorities.
Well you may as well go “open” since it doesn’t work anyhow.
Everybody with a bit of knowledge of the technique can apparently identify you through your machine or device anyhow:

I’ve been open on the internet since before it was the internet. I’ve never found it to be a hindrance.

Cheers,

Earl

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Wait, what? You went by your own name back in the BBS days? I thought that was when everyone had an inventive nick :stuck_out_tongue:

Going by my own name has its pros and cons. It does add some gravitas to my statements, preempting anyone who wants to use the “Hah you say that while hiding behind your anonymity!” argument. On the other hand, I sometimes want to discuss things that reflects poorly on my customers or somesuch, which basic professionalism dictates that I refrain from doing publicly.

There are levels of anonymity. For most purposes, it’s good enough to simply mask my name so it doesn’t get puked up by a basic google search; Whether a skilled analyst could identify me is irrelevant. Then there are things that are not to be discussed without some proper anonymity; There are tools for that purpose. Finally, it should be understood that if heavy players really want to know who you are, they will figure it out. Ask Ross Ulbricht.

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I expect he’s talking about ARPAnet.

I assume my employer can figure out who I am. If I start posting classified information I’m sure there’ll be someone knocking on my door.

Anonymity and encryption is good for making someone a harder target. It won’t make anyone impervious. Someone can always break threw. You just don’t want to be the easiest target and invite someone to try.

Or as the joke goes, you don’t need to run faster than the lion. You only need to run faster than the slowest person running from the lion.

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Then there are those who post every possible detail of their life on sites such as facebook and come home after a vacation to find they no longer have any furniture.

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Right. boebert@MIT-Multics The ARPAnet directory was hard copy, about the size of a small town phone book.

Cheers,

Earl

You don’t need to swim faster than the shark, you only need to swim faster than the slowest seal.

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Latest analysis of the case in subject:

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There’s a reason they call it still photography…I expect he changes to the green ones on Sundays, but it doesn’t change his avatar.

I didn’t get to see the entire post by Chopshopscotty (what a name!!) but I guess I was the centre of attraction again?

The pix was taken after a trip to catch crabs and collect scallops, so the attire was entirely appropriate at the time.

That I posted it as my avatar may surprise some, since it isn’t exactly flattering.
Fortunately I’m not that self-conscious and don’t worried all that much about other people’s opinion of my attire.

Not that it matters much, but using a silly nickname isn’t much better, especially when you know it doesn’t keep your identity secret anyhow.

When I retire from my present position, there will be a tell-all. I’m settin fire to that shit, oh yesirree

(figuratively speaking, of course)

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How to try and find out what they have on you:

Secret Consumer Scores

Cheers,

Earl

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And now Google is getting people’s medical records:

Google Accessing Medical Records

What could possibly go wrong?

Earl

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