to ask thisisanicecage to repeat her experiment on internet insecurity

(160 Posts)
Consils Thu 10-Jan-13 18:16:29

she looked up the mumsnet history of a random poster and was able to find out names and addresses. I missed the end of the last thread and I am still curious.

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MammaTJ Thu 10-Jan-13 18:58:23

ThisIsANiceCage do me please (probably shockingly easy).

PeggyCarter Thu 10-Jan-13 18:58:45

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IneedAgoldenNickname Thu 10-Jan-13 18:59:08

Can you do me too please smile

JingleUpTheHighway Thu 10-Jan-13 19:01:46

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O ooo, do me!!!

JingleUpTheHighway Thu 10-Jan-13 19:06:13

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PeggyCarter Thu 10-Jan-13 19:07:31

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EduCated Thu 10-Jan-13 19:08:04

I was just thinking about this earlier. I don't think it would actually take a lot to identify me.

PeggyCarter Thu 10-Jan-13 19:08:25

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Consils Thu 10-Jan-13 19:09:22

I think that the last thread was posted in chat.

EduCated Thu 10-Jan-13 19:17:45

MammaTJ I would offer to do yours, but I've had a fair old head start wink

Oooh, do me, do me! Please. If you're looking for volunteers. I'm curious.

noblegiraffe Thu 10-Jan-13 19:24:09

Did you get names and addresses from working it out from people's posts or is it somehow accessible from the mumsnet user database? (I can't remember providing an address on sign-up?)

ThisIsANiceCage Thu 10-Jan-13 19:25:25

Yep, thread was in Chat.

It was completely terrifying to do, so very invasive even when people had given permission. It dawned on me part way through that it was lucky neither of my stalkees or their nearest and dearest had skeletons in their closets - or if they had, they were very well hidden. Imagine finding someone's DP was having an affair.confused

Jingle, yes, your DV scenario is exactly one of the reasons I wanted to highlight this. If you're aware and comfortable with how much you're giving away, that's great. Some people really are. But I don't think that's everyone.

I haven't watched this yet, but Channel 4's programme yesterday looks relevant: Don't Blame Facebook.

ThisIsANiceCage Thu 10-Jan-13 19:26:22

Worked it out from posts, noblegiraffe, plus google, etc.

(Off to do dinner, will be back later.)

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catgirl1976 Thu 10-Jan-13 19:28:32

Oooh do me

I'm skeptical and feel secure

JingleUpTheHighway Thu 10-Jan-13 19:28:36

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cinnamonnut Thu 10-Jan-13 19:31:17

Ooh I'd love it if you could do me shock

JingleUpTheHighway Thu 10-Jan-13 19:32:43

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I'll volunteer, would be interesting to see if you could find anything out.
I'm not particularly secretive on here, I don't think.

Consils Thu 10-Jan-13 19:33:22

It wasn't a stalker thread. It was highlighting the lack of anonymity on a public forum.

PeggyCarter Thu 10-Jan-13 19:35:00

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ThisIsANiceCage Thu 10-Jan-13 19:43:37

I invited people to invite me to cyberstalk them, a year or two ago.

Then I did the first person to reply, plus one other. I'd no idea how far I'd really get, so was shocked that I was able to get so much.

I'd suggest everyone, just to see, googles themselves right now. Put your name in quotes (try a couple of variations if necessary). Then try again and add your town, or a previous town, or your school/university.

You'll get multiple results - but for some of you it wouldn't take much more info to work out which of those results is you.

So if I've worked out your name - or your family's names - from MN, that's you located.

(I also use some other publicly available websites, but again I'm trying not to write a stalker's charter here.)

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