quick q about internet deletion

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by personguy666, Apr 24, 2012.

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  1. personguy666

    personguy666 Registered Member

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    ok so i was on a forum that was hosted by forumotion and since it doesnt allow tor i used my real ip address.
    but i found a good proxy (i prefer to protect privacy on there) and the admin let me re register w/ it.
    question is, its a temp forum, so if it gets deleted is there still records of every1 using it with the ip address of the user? or does that get com. erased too?
     
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    It will depend on server configuration, but I think that most likely the company keeps a backup copy of all deleted forums in case of future problems, like law enforcement asking for data. It will help them cover possible legal liabilities. It is impossible for a user to know how long a company keeps backups unless they tell you.

    Back up data will include posting IPs and messages, there would be no point in keeping a security back up that can not be used to trace the poster IP.
     
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    what would be a reasonable estimate tho?
    also i know about posting data w/ ips but do they do the same w/ viewing data for example?
     
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    i have no experience in the matter BUT it seems logical to me that a company would not want to PAY to host backups and logs of extinct forums unless they were required to do so by law or could profit off of it in some way.

    I would imagine that they would not store your viewing data and possibly not even store the content of your posts (it seems far fetched to me that a forum host would be held responsible for content on a forum that uses there platform but is not directly owned or operated by them).

    On the other hand it is always better to err on the side of caution. If the website/forum admin used 3rd party advertising or tracking programs (doubleclick, facebook connect, etc) they would probably have a log of at least some of that info including (IP, the pages you viewed, and keywords from those pages).

    have you read the forums TOS yet?
     
  6. personguy666

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    but data gets overwritten right?
     
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    Did you plan the end of the world or something on this forum?

    There's certainly no standard for how long one keeps data from a forum. You said it was a "temporary" forum anyway, so I would think it would be gone and be done with within hours or days. I don't know that any host would feel the need to wipe the data securely unless there was some agreed upon reason to do so when the forum was created.
     
  8. personguy666

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    nah i just want to perfectly secure my anonymity.
    also it's prob a forum that'll get deleted soon.
     
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    Just because the forum is deleted does not mean that backups created by the site admin or the hosting company are gone. If you want to "perfectly secure your anonymity" as you say. I suggest ALWAYS using either Tor or a good VPN.
     
  10. personguy666

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    the issue here is keeping my alternate facebook accounts anonymous.
    on one of them i sent one of my friends a message telling them what my username on the forum was. and i didn't use tor for that forum account. :(
     
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