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Beware of Twitter porn-star name game: privacy commissioner

The Canadian Press

Privacy czar's blog warns that funny pseudonyms may tip off identity thieves ...Read the full article

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  1. Have No Faith in Conservatives from Canada writes: Everyone knows how to get your porn-star name...Well this is what I think anyways...try it!!!

    First name: Your middle name
    Last name: Name of street you grew up on...
  2. Angry West Coast Canuck from Canada writes: Used to be better: pet name, mother's maiden name.
    Two of the most commonly used "security questions" (which aren't) that I've seen on websites.

    If websites implemented real security rather than security theatre much of these toys wouldn't be an issue.
  3. Betty L from gas station, Canada writes: no no no, its harmless! all in fun. im sure your insured anyway.
  4. B Lam from Canada writes: Telephone directories should be banned. My real full name, address and phone number are all listed publicly, hackers do not even have to know if I have a pet or not.
  5. Hugh May from Khon Kaen, Thailand writes: B Lam there is a simple solution. Get an unlisted number. Difficult?
  6. R M from Calgary, Canada writes: OK, it's supposed to be the street you grew up on and your first pet's name. Having said that, it really makes no difference to me....I haven't lived on that street in nearly 20 years, and my first pet died almost 30 years ago....I fail to see how a hacker to get my identity from that.
  7. Oswaldo I from Canada writes: Your soap opera name is your middle name and the street you grew up on. Your porn name is the name of your first pet and your mother's maiden name.
  8. Sask Langer from Canada writes: Can't I just get a mac instead? So many other problems that can be solved by learning how to use a proper password can just be ignored by buying a mac! Why should this be any different?
  9. Vadim T from Toronto, Canada writes: @ Sask Langer. I really hope I'm just having trouble detecting your sarcasm, because your operating system has absolutely no bearing on weather or not you choose to post identifiable information that would permit identity theft. No operating system can protect people from stupid.
  10. Sask Langer from Canada writes: Ah, but a change in OS is so frequently the prescription for stupid!
  11. Georgia Shand from Canada writes: My first pet's name was Ron and the street I grew up on was Jeremy. Wait a minute. Someone else already has that as a porn name? Damn!! Guess I won't play.
  12. Ziad Fazel from Calgary, Canada writes: Hasn't the nanny state gone too far?

    If you can't figure out that obtaining a Twitter ID with the same name as your online banking security response is stupid, then are you smart enough to read a privacy commissioner's report? And act on it?

    Wouldn't the commissioner's time to better spent pushing firms that hold our confidential data to safeguard it, and punish the living crap out of those that violate it? Things like sending a drive of our data unencrypted? Letting people fill up laptops with the entire HR database?

    Make examples out of those people with heavy prosecution or media attention, conduct random audits, and protect us better.
  13. Jack Rip from Canada writes: Your numerical porn star name is your SIN and your date of birth. Try it out!
  14. dfsf dfsd from Canada writes: If this is the best the privacy comissioner can do, they must be on their last legs - shut them down, save the $$ and let's all take some responsiblity for ourselves... next week they'll tell us not to write down our PIN numbers and keep them in our wallets!!. Anyone stupid enough to give up personal security info on twitter deserves to be hacked and when you are hacked, hide your head in shame and don't come whining that someone should have warned you.
  15. graeme charles from Canada writes: far far easier ways to 'hack'

    i guess the average joe could spend a week and figure out how to use that info against you. for those who know what they're doing....

    not that i do. i've a few friends who might (but don't)
  16. Mass Nine from Centre of the Hockey Universe? nah......., Canada writes: Snuffalufagus O'Connor.
    The well hung "Irish" pron star of your dreams.
    C'mon hackzors, find me if you can. lol.....
  17. dana richardson from Canada writes: anyone with serious concerns about their privacy on the net might want to subscribe to the newsletter put out by the Electronic Privacy Information Center...
    http://epic.org/
    as of yesterday EPIC has formally asked US authorities to provide details of the Terms of Service that have been arranged with various social networking sites namely myspace facebook flickr and twitter to share member information...the request is in accordance with Freedom of Information guidelines set out in US legislation...
  18. Mikey Gault from Super Artist, Canada writes: Rambo MacCaskill.
  19. Craig Cooper from Toronto, writes: Sask Langer from Canada writes: Can't I just get a mac instead? So many other problems that can be solved by learning how to use a proper password can just be ignored by buying a mac! Why should this be any different?

    Wow, are you ignorant (which explains how you got sucked in by Mac ads).

    This is a platform neutral security issue.

    Are you old enough to have a bank account?
  20. Phil G from Toronto, Canada writes: I was going to use your mother's full name, but it was already taken.
  21. Sask Langer from Canada writes: @Craig: Wow, you're either a mactard of the greatest degree, or you have no concept of sarcasm. The point of this is thread is to use a proper password. The point of most computer security threads is to use a proper password. So why can't I suggest "buy a mac" here when that's so common on the others? I thought the point of the "buy a mac" crowd was that you can solve any computer problem without learning about security just by buying a mac. Apparently I'm not the ignorant one here.
  22. Eva M from Canada writes: Would I use my numerical porn star name for avatar porn?
  23. Andrea Dufferin from Canada writes: Identity theft?? They might hack into your Twitter account? What damage, exactly, are they going to do to you once they are in?
  24. DDB 9000 from Ithaca, NY, United States writes:
    "Users combine their first pet's name with the name of the first street they lived on to come up with a personalized adult-film star pseudonym."

    And the reason allegedly intelligent people twitter in the first place is what????
  25. andrew breen from Welland, Canada writes: Wiki St.Clair - wow..that is amazing
  26. D K from Canada writes: "Sask Langer from Canada writes: Can't I just get a mac instead? So many other problems that can be solved by learning how to use a proper password can just be ignored by buying a mac! Why should this be any different? "

    Yes you should particpate using your Mac. You will be safe. Please post your credit card# on this forum..... it will be safe, you have a Mac!
  27. Rusty Brown from Cobourg, Ontario, Canada writes:

    I fully agree with B Lam from Canada [who] writes: "Telephone directories should be banned. My real full name, address and phone number are all listed publicly..."

    Charging you money every month to keep personal info private is blackmail, plain and simple. And as with any good blackmailer, once is not enough. As soon as you stop paying, the info gets revealed publicly.

    To Hugh May from Khon Kaen, Thailand [who] writes: "B Lam there is a simple solution. Get an unlisted number. Difficult?"

    Are you suggesting just pay the blackmailers every month for the rest of your days? Really?

    RB
  28. Alex Yaxmos from Canada writes: The more personal information you put out on the web, the easier it will be someone to steal your identity. Just wait until you guys become a victim of it and see how you like it and how differently you change the way you give people information about yourself.
  29. Fake Name from Canada writes: "Angry West Coast Canuck from Canada writes: Used to be better: pet name, mother's maiden name."

    "Spot" would make a pretty bad porn first name, unless of course you're into the STD's genre.

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