Saturday, February 14, 2009

Just an Internet Security Issue

So I have a favor to ask.  Anyone that has my blog linked, can you please take off my last name?  I would advise you all to do the same for yourselves.  Go to 123People and look up your name and it's amazing the stuff that you can find on yourselves, and scary the kinds of things that other people can find on you.

And while nothing new has happened, I did have an experience a little while ago that proved to me that people aren't necessarily who they say they are.  You should also go to stacounter and set up an account to track visitors.  I don't know 75% of the people that frequent my blog, and just realizing how many people are on my blog every day, makes me much more cautious of the things that I post. 

I never post the town that I live in (I know everyone thinks I live in Boise), I don't mention the ward I'm in or the places around town that I visit.  I just don't want any creepy stalkers to find me.  :)



The Soptich clan said...

Isn't 123people a freaky site? That's why I made mine private (but then got lazy and made it public again). But now that you've renewed my paranoia I'll probably make it private again. There's also a blog search engine called technorati or something like that where your blog is flaming public all over the place. Bah! Are we safe anywhere?!
(what's even better is that my word verification is "creepsy" :)

Brittney said...

I'm not on there thank goodness.

Ryan said...

I don't think there is TOO much reason to be afraid of sites like these. My understanding of 123 People is that it just does a basic search on the internet of the name you are looking for. In other words, it doesn't find anything that a google search or live search wouldn't turn up. This is pretty basic search stuff ... nothing cryptic or scary about it. Also, even if you delete your last name from a site, that doesn't go back to previous versions of the page to change it ... So if you take your name off a site today, I can still search for it and pull up yesterday's page. (think old phone book). BUT I agree - Stat Counter is the best!

Kate said...

I thought you moved to Pocatello.

I couldn't find myself on 123people. It's nice having a last name that is a very common word/object I guess.

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