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Re: [vox-tech] Alarming spam

On Monday 16 April 2007 15:57, Richard Harke wrote:
> On Sat April 14 2007 06:41, Gandalf  Parker wrote:
> > On Sat, 14 Apr 2007, Richard Harke wrote:
> > >      I find this rather alarming as I doubt if the sender is a
> > > friend. I also don't know where they got the info as I never post
> > > such info in public forums. I'm wondering if my ISP could have
> > > suffered a breakin as that seems the most likely to tie together
> > > all the elements.
> > >
> > > Has any one else had this problem or any suggestion?
> >
> > See if it can be googled.
> >
> > And the computer guru said "Google thyself".
> > Then he said "For to google thyself is to know thyself,
> > and to see thyself as others see you".
> > Now available as a shirt at
> > http://www.cafepress.com/oddthotz.40658864?pid=2837642
> >
> > Sorry, Im not playing light on it. This is a shirt I made to make a
> > point. Everyone should google themselves. If it can be googled,
> > then you will know whats out there and where it came from. Ive been
> > a netcop for as long as there has been internet and I think that
> > everyone should google:
> >
> > (A) their name. As a full string. On a regular basis I google
> > "Anthony A. G. Parker" and sometimes "Gandalf Parker" with the
> > quotes. (but Gandalf Parker comes up with way too many hits in web
> > and newsgroups. Its a good thing Google only goes back a couple of
> > decades)
> >
> > (B) their street address, maybe just their street. You might find
> > someone talking about you. You might find history on your house.
> > You might find something bad is happening on your street. You might
> > discover a friend near you.
> >
> > (C) your phone number. Is it listed someplace other than white
> > pages or yellow pages? Is it connected to your name and info about
> > you?
> >
> > (D) your social security number. Some people are nervous about
> > typing info like that into any computer. After all, search engines
> > do keep records. Its up to you whether you want to do that or not.
> > But its not like you are attaching it to anything. And if it shows
> > up, such as some kids "cracked info" page, then you want to know. I
> > wouldnt do this one too often.
> >
> > (E) your kids. By ALL means if you have kids old enough to type
> > then google your kids. They cant complain that you are snooping if
> > you find public info about them. You can setup google to do a
> > regular search on things and email you any new results.
> >
> > (F) your parents. If they are still living then for the same reason
> > as searching on you and your kids. If they arent then it can be
> > interesting.
> >
> > By the way, as far as any of that info... you can easily find any
> > of it on me (except social security number). Ive got info pages
> > everywhere, and resumes, and life stories. Im even in the whois
> > database if anyone still knows how to ask for a personal id mine is
> > gp1628
> Thanks for the ideas.
> I have googled several of these and not found anything bothersome. My
> street name turns out to be pretty well known in some cities so the
> number of hits is pretty large. I have tried searching on a piece of
> my SSN but the number of hits is huge.
> Richard

If you prefer privacy, in light of the AOL query log fiasco, I suggest 
you not query all of these things from the same IP address at the same 
time, nor when logged in to google.


Ken Bloom. PhD candidate. Linguistic Cognition Laboratory.
Department of Computer Science. Illinois Institute of Technology.

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