Use of real name/accounts vs internet name(s)/accounts

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  • breakingcontact

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    *before anyone goes there, yes i know people can find out anything they want on others and we all know that companies and gov track and build databases from all our online activities and know who and where we are.

    I know the powers that be will eventually want everything online to be transparent and openly tied to our real IDs. (for our safety of course)

    Im increasingly having to take great steps to keep my online and real personas separate.

    How do you resolve this? Generally i only use my real name Breakingnicious Allewicious Contactimass for real life and people i actually know.

    On gun forums, reddit, twitter I have my BC persona.

    But i also have my real twitter account. Ive increasingly been politically vocal under my real name/account and ive found myself retweeted in tweets with my other persona! Sometimes saying the same thing. I suppose the easy answer is to never do any political talk under my real name but i guess there are certain things im proud of standing openly for such as my prolife stance as its tied to my faith which i am open about publicly.

    I suppose if we were all very virtuous we would not have online names and make all of our views public.

    I was signing up for some hiking MeetUp groups then signed up for a survival skills group but once i completed the sign up i saw they call themselves "survivalists" and i was like, crud i should have used my BC alias but im tired of playing these games i guess.

    What say you?
     

    Southpaw

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    I've always tried to not give too many personal identifying details online, as well in life when possible. I've just always tried to be a private person.
    I don't do Facebook or Twitter or anything like that and pretty much stick to TGT and two other Texas based shooting forums under the same name.
    Lately though I've let my guard down a bit, perhaps that comes with getting older and simply not giving a heck.

    I'm not so worried about .gov, because I do believe if they want you they can find you, though I don't like the way they have been collecting and stockpiling data as of late. But it seems the only legitimate way for me to minimize that is to unplug from the internet and use cash.

    I do however use many different email addresses, and many are disposable as well. I don't think I have ever signed up with my real name or anything more then initials. Honestly though, the many addresses is mostly to keep certain aspects of my life separated and so I can keep track of where spam is coming from and somewhat control it. The use of fake names, well I just never was one to volunteer and details I don't have to.
     

    Brains

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    My info is out there, even though I try to not 'overshare'. I don't post things on the internet I don't want any potential 'bad folks' to see. The info is out there already. It would take maybe 30 minutes for someone to find my real name, my address, my cell phone, my employer, the make/model/year of each of my vehicles, my kids' names and ages, my wife's name, when we were married, where, and who knows what else.
     

    F350-6

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    I don't have any social media stuff. Just a few forums here and there I stop by and participate in. Years ago, I noticed how the forums seemed to want my real name, date of birth, etc. for one reason or another. Naturally, I gave them what they requested, but I might have had one too many because it seems that some of the details may have been incorrect.

    Many years later I ran across a site on Google that did people searches, so I searched some of my own forum "personal info". I was amazed to find my name(s) and approximate age(s) so available on the internet. Since then I've tried to be more diligent, but I do believe facial recognition is coming and hiding is going to become more difficult. I remember reading a year or so ago about some glasses you could wear that was supposed to interfere with cameras as a defense to facial recognition technology, but my computer died and I lost the link to it.
     

    Southpaw

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    On a related note... When you Google your name, do you come up in anywhere minus the white page/background check sites? I check from time to time and thankfully I don't.
     

    Vaquero

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    On a related note... When you Google your name, do you come up in anywhere minus the white page/background check sites? I check from time to time and thankfully I don't.

    Hah! I don't exist. Not on a Google search anyway.
     

    LJH

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    Hah! I don't exist. Not on a Google search anyway.
    I have the opposite problem

    As to real vs alias, now days I just use my initials and go forward. In the past I had a pen name that sorta became who people thought I really was.
     

    robertc1024

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    My name is common enough that I don't find any personal info. When I typed in my first, middle and last name, it pulled up a police officer in Mesquite convicted of child pornography on his computer.
     

    cbigclarke

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    My name is common enough that I don't find any personal info. When I typed in my first, middle and last name, it pulled up a police officer in Mesquite convicted of child pornography on his computer.

    That about sounds like you...





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