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    Yes, that's scary. I had my wallet stolen once and it left me very insecure. I realized that someone out there had my name, address, pictures of my kids, etc. It was the kids I worried about the most. That was years ago but I still don't carry pictures in my wallet and I'm very careful what I post on the internet.

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    That is very creepy. I'm so glad you figured it out. The internet and Facebook are not the only way people get information about you though. It's just the way it is now. I shred everything with my name or address on it before it goes in the trash- why make it any easier for the sleazebags?

    I don't post my location on any boards but if someone wants your information it can be found. Yuck! I hate the feeling that this gives me but I sure don't want to hide my head in the sand. Let's make sure we keep each other up to date on any scams or risks we know about. It can't hurt.

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    Wow, that's creepy! Glad you caught on when you did.

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    Edit your profile.
    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    And I know it has my home town on this right now and I can't find out how to delete it. Any help?

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    I believe in todays world, nothing is private...we really to guard our information to protect ourselves. Can you imagine having a "party line" phone nowadays????
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I had my bio up on ebay because I buy quite a bit from there. I put it up 2 years ago and totally forgot I did. I was so stupid that I put in the small town I live in and where I use to work in this very small town.
    Well, I placed a quilt for sale on ebay just to see what the market was like and I had a "Rudy" write me a email telling me how pretty my quilt was and how she liked my bio so much. So I wrote back to her after a week (I thought it was weird that she wrote me in the first place) and chatted and asked about her life and she told me she had a 20 month old daughter and how she's 40 and she is glad she waited so long to have a child and and a few more details and then we started emailing each other and I was enjoying visiting with another gal, even though I didn't know her and she didn't quilt. But then she started talking about some different type of things and I suddenly realized that it wasn't a gal I had been sharing my thoughts with but a 40 year old married man. A man!!!! Wow! Freaked me out! So I went to ebay and deleted everything I could delete.

    I have a blog and went there and took out my town and other info that I don't want everyone in the world to know. I just thought maybe some of you have info on the web and might be like me and be trusting and not realize what can happen. My husband said that bad people can figure out exactly where you live and who you are and then a whole lot of bad things can happen to you. They can steal your identity, find where you live and stalk you and many more things than I could even think of. I guess there are people out there who do this for a living. So, if you have a bio anyplace, you might rethink what you want to share with the world and all the bad people out there. I am so nervous that I'm taking out everything I need to to keep my identity private.
    Just be careful out there.
    Call Ebay - they will walk you through how to rermove info - also report the cheep at the same time - good luck

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    Very scary, this world we live in.

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    This is very interesting info. Guess I'm too trusting, also.

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    What Canoe Pam said is true - anyone can find out where you live and even get a map to your house on the internet. Been that way for a while. At first we were somewhat protected because we did not have out street address listed in the phone book, so it just showed, First name, last name, town, state.
    But there is so much info now you just have to hope no one is looking for you.

    I agree, put as little info as possible on Facebook if you use it. I cringe when I see what my neighbor's 14-y.o. daughter has up there.

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    Just another piece of information, if you have a Smart Phone or similar phone, people can also track you this way. I saw a video of this, for example, they picked someone out at random on the street and asked if they had a Smart Phone, if they said yes, they used the persons phone, and knew where exactly that person had been, and at what time. To me, that's scary, and one of the many reasons I don't have a "hi tech" phone, or a blog, I also don't get on facebook or sites like it.

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    I clicked on that area, but for the life of me I can not figure out how to delete some of the information Help please thanks Gerbie

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    Learned that one along time ago when I used to go into the Chat rooms on AOL- had a stalker, reported it and he started threatening me more as the police didn't think cybercrimes at that time were of importance, besides I lived in a small town and blah blah blah .. Found out the guy used to be a big wig at a big toy company until he started harassing the wrong woman for sex at this toy company-lost his job, wife and family, house (the wife took it all in the divorce fearing for her daughter's safety and left him penniless to fight the law suit brought by the woman). I am very cautious about who I let know where I live, phone number etc.. any more .. takes only once with me and done. I just thought he wanted a friend when we started chatting-but it appears he wanted a whole lot more (needless to say DH was highly upset at the whole thing, I used to be a really friendly person! to both men and women..umm not anymore!)
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    Just googled my name - came up with my name, phone number, address, a map to my house, associations, like my husband, his name, etc. Gonna get busy...bye

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    I'm not too concerned about this site but I have different names, for every site that I have a profile. I always put in a different city but the right state on every one. I have never put my correct info on any online profile, especially not Facebook or Ebay. For anyplace that asks for my phone number, I use a local phone number that if called, you get the time and temp. If your name has ever been in a public phone book or any public record at any time it will be available to find online. Any address is available to find with GPS or online maps. There is nothing you can do to keep your info off paid for verified searches. If you have the money, you get the info. DH and I have never had a listed phone number but of course public records can't be changed.
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    I am no longer using Face book and will not ever go on it again! My computer got hacked last year and this year right on the same day. I also won't use Hot mail any more. It just burns me up when people have to do those things. My son told me that the internet is going to change very soon as they are trying to shrink how much info is put out. All I can say is the less information you put out the better off you will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanoePam View Post
    I hate to give bad news, but there is enough public information on the internet to give anyone your address and phone number whether you post the information on Craigslist or Facebook or here. If you want to check, just put your own name into Google and see what happens! That doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions about your identity (social security number, when you're going to be away from home, etc), but you can't erase the information that is already out there. There are entire search engines that store old information and then can recall it years later even if you've "removed" it from the original site.

    I just don't want people to have unrealistic expectations in today's world. Whether we like it or not, much of our lives are lived in the open

    Pam

    Pam you are absolutely correct in this post. We also were told by forensic computer specialist that any information once entered on the Internet is accessible. Banks and stores that have the most private information have huge teams of security specialists fighting hackers 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you use a credit card not only on the internet, at a restaurant, local mall.... once it's scanned that magnetic strip across the back is loaded with personal information.

    Have your ever stayed in a Hotel, gone on a cruise that uses card keys to access your room? The magnetic key that opens your door....all the information about you is on that magnetic strip...how you paid, what credit card is accepted, your home address, phone number etc. There are portable scanning devices that can retreive all the information from those magnetic strips and then a less than honest employee can make thousands of dollars selling that scanned information to criminal rings.

    Scary is right....But how do we get around it? It's the way of life now, unless you want to go live in a cave somewhere I guess.

    Our information can be retrieved through data bases that store everything and these data bases unfortunately are accessible to unscrupulous people and groups.

    Google Earth takes anyone right to your front door, 3D photos of the street you live on and of your home. If your home was ever listed for sale and the pictures were posted on the Internet then those interior pictures are also accessible forever. NOTHING is private on the Internet is the bottom line.

    It is the world we now live in. The warning is valid and we should all take heed. But as Pam has said, don't have unrealistic expectations that deleting information and changing information now makes you safe, because once was there is in reality still out there.

    With all of this said, I refuse to be paranoid ~ careful a big YES ~ I for one have made such wonderful contact with the quilters on this forum and do communicate with them most often via email. As someone else mentioned I'm probably more concerned about the community I live in as far as someone tracking me to my front door.
    Last edited by onaemtnest; 01-24-2012 at 07:16 AM.
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    Regarding Facebook I have mine set up pretty much as private. I don't allow friends of friends to be able to access me or ask for an invite. I post pretty liberally on there but the only one's that can read what I have is if I opted for them to be able to access it.

    As for eBay I've been on there since it opened it's doors labor day 1995 and it is a safe place to be if we follow the rules they have in place to protect us. No one on there can contact me unless they have a transaction going with me via eBay. I NEVER WOULD start or continue with emails outside of eBay with anyone no matter what. IMHO it's a place of business and not for personal use and should stay that way.

    As far as stalking goes back in 2005 and 2006 I was stalked online for those two years because of my relationship with a direct selling company. One of the gals in the company did not like me at all and she made my life a living hell. I had to first go to my local police with all documentation and file against her. It was than forwarded to her state and the detectives there took charge of it. By the time they were done with her she pretty much disappeared off that companies website, on facebook and the yahoogroups and such I was on.

    Personally there is no way that I will get all that friendly with folks online outside of groups I belong to and if I did that person would be checked out before I communicated with them via private email.

    Regarding the eBay incident mentioned here by the OP I would recommend you report it to eBay and make them aware of it. If he did it to one he'll do it to others.

    Regarding eBay I won't deal with a seller unless I check them out first by pulling there user info and making sure they are who they say they are. In the last 16.5 years being on eBay I've only found about 5 or 6 who were not who they stated they were after checking there user info.
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    These are the very reasons we don't facebook. Our kids think we are crazy but we just want to be safe. My daughter told me the other night that we were the only ones in the family that didn't do facebook. I guess we will just have to be left out of the family loop because we will not do facebook.
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    I am always warning my kids about the creeps out there on the internet and now it's easy to see how someone could prey on them too. I know for myself, I am not a skeptical person and so that isn't my first thought. You have me changing all my info online. Thanks for the heads up.
    Michelle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    Still creeps me out that friends and relatives can post my pic and info online without my permission. I worry every time I see someone posting where they'll be on vacation, and how long they'll be gone. Just reading someone's blog entries can give way too much info. Many medical records are outsourced to India! There's no privacy any more.
    Monroe- there is a way to get around fb if there are pictures of you on there that you don't want there.First ask that person to remove them and if they don't you can contact fb and they will handle it .Hubby did this and he has no fb page.Relatives should understand you want YOUR privacy and they should respect you enough to give it to you .

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    bless your heart--this is why so many of us even on the quilt board don't list locations, details, etc. i have even curbed activities on things like ancestry.com, ellis island.com, etc because anybody with half a brain can find out details about anyone online, and then check sites like those to find out things like your mother's maiden name, your father's employer, etc. while i love that we can research online, we have to be so very careful about the info we post, or that we share.

    when i teach my students in anesthesia, i kiddingly, but half seriously tell them, "cultivate your paranoia. it will be your best friend." in medical terms, it just means that if something doesn't feel right, pay attention to it immediately. in life, same thing. be careful, folks. be very careful!
    "life is a banquet, and most poor fools are out there, starving to death!"--"auntie mame"

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    right on!!

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    Thanks so much for this article and forum. I've emailed it to daughters and friends. It's so easy to let your guard down.

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    Wow - that's really creepy.

    I said to my DH the other day that we should get rid of our bank accounts, credit cards, loans, etc. All those things that require we disclose too much about ourselves. He told me I'd gone over the edge.

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    If you would like to scare the dickens out of yourself just read "The Broken Window" by Jeffrey Deaver. There is a ton of truth in this book.
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