The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19340 Message #259843
Posted By: Joe Offer
18-Jul-00 - 04:32 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat FAQ - Newcomer's Guide
Subject: Revealing Personal Information - Privacy
I don't worry about using my real name too much - and my name is a lot more unusual than most. I don't give my address on the Internet or in the phone book - I use a post office box. I do not give my full name, my date of birth, or my social security number unless the recipient of the information has a darn good reason to know. If I can't figure out why they would have a legitimate need for the information, I don't give the information.
But I do like to be known by my real name, and it's nice when I meet Mudcatters in real life and they know immediately who I am.
I find it's helpful to use my real name online. It hasn't caused me any problems, but I do use some precautions:
If you don't use your real name online, you may not need to be quite as cautious, but you should use some prudence about what you reveal about yourself. I think that women need to be a little more cautious then men, but I don't think anybody needs to get too paranoid about Internet privacy. I'd recommend prudence, not paranoia.
- The only mailing address I give out in public forums is a post office box
- I usually post my e-mail address as a clickable link (or use my Hotmail address)
- I don't give my exact date of birth on Mudcat Resources
- I don't post messages that reveal that I will be away from home for a long period of time
- My home address is not published in the telephone book
- I don't mind people knowing my home phone number, although I don't usually post it in Web messages.
- If you attack or provoke people online, be aware that they may wish to fight back in ways you may not have anticipated. If you're not nice by nature, it might be an idea to be nice online for your own protection.