A friend sent this message to a person that asked a pointed question in response to a posting that they might be terminated on Facebook for not furnishing an ID to verify who they were and where they could be found with links. Their account was an alias nickname, and the post contained no trace of an opinion on the situation. If this person had bothered to look they might have found that the person was on the internet as themselves in many places already. I can only assume they were not internet savvy enough to do a simple search.
The question was: “WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?”
SO THEY SAID IN REPLEY:
Anyone that knows anything about the internet would have no problem finding out who I am. I have been on the internet for over ten years. My personal information is surely on there somewhere, how could you hide that? So basically nothing is really hidden at all. Anyone that ever bought anything from me knows who I am AND my address and email address. (NOTE: I furnish that as a matter of course) The government knows who I am. They have my social security number. Here’s my email address: (NOTE EMAIL OMITTED, but they did actually furnish it)
But I have a definite problem with some private organization having my personal information on their computer to UN-securely lose or post without my permission. I do not post my name or address on the internet, nor do I put my picture on the internet. If you have seen the number of hackers and criminals and people from foreign countries that prey on defenceless people then you understand. I am not defenceless, but I do not wish to make things easy for any underhanded people to come to my home and upset my life, online or in real life. It’s one thing to voluntarily give someone your personal information. But to just had it willy nilly to every stranger that shows up on the internet is not something I wish to do.
So, if you want to know what motivated me in the first place to do as I do, then that is the answer. I am not HIDING from anyone. I am in fact not really hidden at all. I am avoiding needless complications. Now, if I had the money to pay a security company to protect me then I could afford a whole lot of other things, including putting all my personal information online. Including inviting every tom, dick and harry to come visit me on my front porch. I don’t wish to offend anyone, but if you buy something from me you’ll know my entire name and address. And you might find that I’m a (age omitted) year old grandmother just trying to sell my possessions. And, I might add, all my posessions are in my home. Ask me why I don’t just invite everyone in the world to come over and have a party.
(NOTE THIS IS THE PART THEY HAD NOT WRITTEN YET, BUT ADDED LATER FOR THIS ARTICLE)
AND I have had ample experience with these additional categories:
Having my “alias” and that corresponding email being used to take out accounts in that name and getting emails in that inbox informing me that I have to verify that account.
Or getting bills to my alias for which there naturally is no way to pay for them.
Or getting emails of the same ilk to my website which bill me for things I never charged or bought.
Or having my alias used to get traffic to some Russian or French, or German website by hijacking it into their own website code.
Or having my graphics that I designed myself, and for which I own the legal copyright hijacked to another website by having them linked to directly and fed from my website.
Directly linking for your information costs me money that I do not have.
AND I will add that I have lived where a business was located next door to a residence, and seen people knock on the door at 2am to get a part, climb a privacy fence to get attention for what they wanted repeatedly. So I know well how a business or anything else can be used to invade someones privacy null and void. Imagine your children in the backyard behind a privacy fence and some YAY-HOO pops his head up over the fence to ask for a part, and on a weekend no less when the closed signs are evident on the business door.
Just remember, if that had not been an alias, if it had been my real name and address, I might be in the hole for something for which I never did in the first place. I might owe money when I never bought anything. And I might easily have been one of those statistics of people that have had their identity stolen and their lives ruined.
When all those emails go to an alias account I can for sure identify where and what. I can pinpoint that it was not directed at me personally.
Any other way would be extremely stupid. And if anyone thinks you can deterr or fight criminals by acting like a nice wind blows through your brain person that’s open about every single thing they are and own, then you are delusional. Or a criminal trying to make others think you a righteous sounding person.
Your question was “WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?” I say that you are first stating that I am hiding. You are making assumptions based on whatever you like. You are the one that is saying that I’m HIDING. You don’t know me well enough to assume I’m anything at all. I might be a 9 year old amusing myself with old farts. I might be anything at all, but you make an assumption. In fact, you make a statement about a person you know nothing about. And I say I’m not hiding me or anything from the people that like and care about me. And for sure I’m not hiding anything that can reasonably already be found on the internet or from a database. But the focus is now on this imaginary person that is “HIDING”.
Why do you want to know the answer to that question?
Is it because you care about and like me?
Is it because you are intrigued and wish to know me better?
Is it because you are suspicious?
Is it because you are on a crusade?
Is it because you are spiteful?
Is it because you are a stalker?
Is it because you have time on your hands and nothing else to do with it?
Is it because you’re from the government?
Who are you?
Where do YOU live?
What’s your phone number?
What is YOUR email?
WHAT ARE YOU HIDING?
I have always felt that someone that points a direct question like that at someone elses private life without knowing them or meeting them makes me think that you have a lot more to hide than I might.
This isn’t communist country.
I don’t have to verify everything I am or who I am
to every stranger that requests it.
So check your own closet.