giving out your email address

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by rick777, Mar 14, 2004.

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  1. rick777

    rick777 Guest

    Can you be identified ater giving out a hotmail /yahoo email address.
    Can this be rectified/avioded in the future.
    Also have concerns about instant messenger.
     
  2. LowWaterMark

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    Hi Rick,

    Well, only so much as whatever information you gave to those email systems when you signed up. Whatever you told them is most likely on file and could be tied back under certain circumstances...

    For example, if you give a forum like this your email address, we can not find out anything about you. Yahoo (or any other service) is not going to tell us anything about you, no matter how much they know or whatever we ask.

    But, if you were somehow involved in a serious crime on the Internet and left your email address behind, then the appropriate authorities (which will differ country to country of course) may very well be able to officially contact one of those email providers and get whatever information they have about you - legally. (Obviously, a lot depends upon what we're talking about, how serious it is, etc. Also, the information would again be limited to exactly what Yahoo or whoever really knows. If they don't have the information, they can't give it out.)

    I'm not sure I quite understand this question? If you don't want information available (at the email company, for example), the only way to prevent it is to not give them the information in the first place.

    Please feel free to explain more about what concerns you have, and we can discuss them.

    Best Wishes,
    LowWaterMark
     
  3. rick777

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    to be more specific say you give no imformation to yahoo is it possible you could be tracked down still. Wouldnt there be a copy of my computers ID, serial number or what ever .
     
  4. rerun2

    rerun2 Registered Member

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    Would it be fair to also add, where you give out your email address as well? If you openly post the same email address in areas where it can be publicly seen/available, one can use search engines to look up that email address. And then perhaps someone trying to identify you can have a better understanding of the sites you frequent, your interests/hobbies, etc. From there it might be easier to find more information or perhaps make a social engineering attempt more successful. I've read a similar story like this in an article at New Order. In any case, if one is truly concerned with privacy, I think it is best to be very careful with any kind of personal information that you divulge on the internet.
     
  5. rick777

    rick777 Guest

    Thankyou for your reply I thought this to be the case the internet is not private as we sometimes think
    thanks again
     
  6. LowWaterMark

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    Yes, good point rerun. People often don't realize just how much personal information they give out mainly because they aren't giving it out all in a single place and all at once.

    If a person uses the same nickname at multiple places on the web, (such as forums like this), and use the same email address, perhaps even posting it publicly for all to see, then someone else could "connect the dots" and develop quite a collection of information.

    But to carry the original question beyond just the "email address" itself and what the email provider might know, there's also the person's IP address connected with posts on forums, email messages sent directly from their machines, and so on.

    Almost everyone gets their IP address from an ISP that they pay for Internet access. Those ISPs almost always have significant information about their users for billing purposes. "Connecting the dots" again, a person uses their own IP address on a web site, where they also leave their email address, even if the email address is anonymous, very often the IP address is not. (Yes, anonymous proxies could be used, but at this point we're speaking about the basic question of can a person be identified? And most people don't use proxies anyway.)

    The Internet is not private at all. Privacy on the Internet is mostly an illusion simply because people are often in the privacy of their own room, with no one physically looking over their shoulder. But when you use a technology as complex as this, passing through telephone or cable services (that you are clearly identified to), out to ISPs (where you are also ID and billed), through email providers and to web sites, all of whom log most everything.... No, there's no privacy here.

    There are things you can do, but you'll never be 100% private when you use someone else's technology.
     
  7. spy1

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    Amen. :D Pete
     
  8. Detox

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    Guess I better start wearing pants at the PC :rolleyes:
     
  9. shunned

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    Oh, an lets not forget those little programs that can record every word being said in the room....how many even think to disable sound recorder.......an of course there is programs to turn on cam corders....take a picture.....and things that turn on windows media player....an if you are on a wireless connection...may they have mercy on you......an then the wireless connection to the home computer desktop....an of course the isp has its records...did someone say..PRIVACY!!
     
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