Are online date sites safe, hack proof?

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Registered: 05-26-2003
Are online date sites safe, hack proof?
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Wed, 08-06-2003 - 11:36am
I have wondered about this for the past few months as a member w/ a profile on match and yahoo. They say your replies are doublebind and safe, but are there any techies who know if this is 100% hack proof so your real email addy is non-accessible?

Also, if you take your emails off the "secure" online dating site and email from your regular address, does anyone know if some stranger can track you down with personal information on your home computer (information such as full name, address, phone number and other private info?).

I've experienced some odd coincidences and it does raise concerns. Thanks!

summer

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Registered: 04-16-2003
Wed, 08-06-2003 - 11:48am
Welcome summer, and I would say nothing is secure these days when it comes to being on the net. IF someone wanted to find you, they could. I would think that yes, if they had your email addy and even though you do not have your real name, somehow I am sure, the smart ones could find something out on you. There are ways around the security of these sites. I would say it was a pretty obsessed person to take the time it would allow to find someone's real name and such. Sick is what it is really and if you meet someone that is a hacker or computer person, keep it in mind. I know that is the first thing I ask. What do you do for a living and are you on line much? Just get the idea of what they do or what they into. Goodluck to you and be careful!



Gail ;)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 08-06-2003 - 12:04pm
I am no computer tech or hacker, but I can Google anyone!

Two guys who wrote to me from their email address - within a few minutes, I had their full name, address, phone number (even one guy's cell number), where they worked, and about their family. The info about you online is there for anyone to find - it really isn't hard.

If you ever use that email address to post in a forum, or anywhere online, you can be found. One guy used an old email address that he hadn't used since 1999. I found an old post of his, and from there it was simple.

I used a hotmail address that I don't use for anything else, when I wrote to online men directly. My info is everywhere online, so I felt I needed to be extremely careful...

~*~ Catherine

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Registered: 06-15-2003
Wed, 08-06-2003 - 2:52pm
Hi,

I'm quite the techie person (I'm a web developer) and if someone is determined enough (with enough skill) any system is hackable. That's just the harsh reality of living in an internet age. However I'm willing to bet that 99.9% of the men in online personal sites neither have the skill nor the drive to do such a thing. Its that rare 0.01% you gotta watch out for.

I think (completely my opinion, not based on any facts) these days you have better chances of going home with a serial killer from a bar than you do of having your account hacked, but that isn't to say it won't happen.

Good luck!

Gabi

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 08-06-2003 - 4:21pm
I have heard about one person who had her profile changed by an outsider - I assume they are not hack proof - what is - but the risk I hope is slight.
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Registered: 05-26-2003
Wed, 08-06-2003 - 10:54pm
I tried to google search several of the people I'm considering meeting and was unable to pull up any information on them. Do you need to pay for one of the search sites like detective 8.0? I tried who is this...or find...and the email address I have. I also put in my own and it came up empty handed. Maybe, it is my lack of internet savvy, but I can't even bring up my friends/family information. FYI, does it not work unless you have a full name or can an email name work? I've never tried a search before so any help would be great!

summer

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 08-07-2003 - 12:44am
I've never paid anything, just put their last name or full name or user name or phone number or email address into Google.

If nothing comes up for you or your family/friends, that's good! That means you haven't put any info online. But you should be able to at least find your phone number, unless it is unlisted. If you want me to do a search, I can see if I can find more for you about the men you are interested in...

~*~ Catherine