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Postby blinddrew » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:38 pm

On a random scroll down the page i noticed that people with birthdays today were listed at the bottom.
"That's nice," i thought. Then i noticed that there was a number next to them, and clicking on the name takes you to their profile page where an age is visible.
"Oh ho," i thought, "that's not so good. Now i have a date of birth. And if i follow a profile link to a personal webpage i can start to pull together quite a bit of personal information."
I don't recall seeing that this level of information would be available when i signed up, should it be? I am used to seeing people share birthday information, but rarely do you find ages available as well.

Obviously being a cynical sort i haven't added my own info...
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Re: Personal data visibility.

Postby desmond » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:02 pm

You can edit your settings in your account panel ("My Account" in the top menu, Edit -> Profile) - you don't have to enter your birthday, and if you do, there is a "Hide my age" box for those that don't want it displayed.
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Re: Personal data visibility.

Postby zenguitar » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:02 am

Are you sure you wouldn't like to be a moderator desmond ;)

It's not as if the day job, mu:zines, and actually making music take up your entire day :bouncy:

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Re: Personal data visibility.

Postby desmond » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:04 am

Ah well, at least this way I can be occasionally helpful, but don't get any abuse or have to deal with any nastiness... :tongue:
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Re: Personal data visibility.

Postby ConcertinaChap » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:30 am

Oi, you leave our Desmond alone! He's doing a fine job as he is.

Might be time to start a Desmond Preservation Society, hey?

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Re: Personal data visibility.

Postby ef37a » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:06 am

I was a bit (tiny bit!) younger and foolish when I gave my details to SoS.

These days if any site wants such personal data before they will play ball I lie. I have even entered birth dates that make me 3yrs old but the robot did not care.

I have done this for the nosey BBC, it is not that I don't trust 99.99% of the people there just that in such a huge organisation there are bound to be a few rotters.

Whenever there is a 'personal security' progg' on the TV or radio they give out all the usual stuff but NEVER suggest 'muddying' information.

I am old enough to remember things from the last WW unpleasantness..."Tell 'em Nothing" .

"em" being almost everybody!

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Re: Personal data visibility.

Postby Forum Admin » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:41 am

ef37a wrote:I was a bit (tiny bit!) younger and foolish when I gave my details to SOS.

Hi Dave, you (and anyone else) are always at liberty to edit your public forum Profile, as desmond states, and to retain privacy.

TBH we've always kinda assumed the birthdays that are public are made-up anyway. It's a default setting in the third-party forum software.
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Re: Personal data visibility.

Postby desmond » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:52 am

ef37a wrote:Whenever there is a 'personal security' progg' on the TV or radio they give out all the usual stuff but NEVER suggest 'muddying' information.

Don't expect to get quality security advice from popular TV, I'm afraid! :protest:

There's actually one *really* good use case for this - for sites or services that still require "security questions" (gah!!), which are often easy to find out on a scam target, it's good practice to invent nonsensical data, and keep those records in your regular password store - so you get, etc:

Q: "What street did you grow up in?"
A: "Hamburgers"

Q: "What's your mother's maiden name?"
A: "444".

Those are not mine, btw ;)
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Re: Personal data visibility.

Postby Forum Admin » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:01 pm

desmond wrote:... it's good practice to invent nonsensical data, and keep those records in your regular password store - so you get, etc:

Q: "What street did you grow up in?"
A: "Hamburgers"

Q: "What's your mother's maiden name?"
A: "444".

How'd you get hold of my answers?!!!??? :-)

Good advice desmond - that's what I do too.
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