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Five Ways to Screw Up Your Life with the Internet
PJ Lifestyle ^ | September 24, 2011 | John Hawkins

Posted on 09/24/2011 5:17:20 AM PDT by decimon

One of the odd things about the Internet is that so many people don’t seem to understand that it’s real. Sure, they realize that there’s a computer in front of them, a “series of tubes,” and then…it gets kind of foggy. It’s like they think there are magical pixies from the land of Lulz on the other end, as opposed to their family, friends, co-workers, and old boyfriends who are obsessively poring over their Facebook page.

Granted, they are aware that they do need to be careful about a few things: viruses, hackers, identity thieves, Nigerian princes who want to give them millions of dollars — all the standard stuff. But there are some lesser known dangers of the Internet that can steamroll your life like Paris Hilton stampeding towards a line of cocaine.

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1 posted on 09/24/2011 5:17:23 AM PDT by decimon
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To: ShadowAce

Ping


2 posted on 09/24/2011 5:18:14 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

I ran into one of these problems. I was arguing politics with a foaming liberal, and although she knew only my first name, general location, and some generalities about my profession, she figured out who I was and threatened constantly to contact my boss and get me fired because she hated my guts. Then she spammed the chatroom with my full name and address over and over, and urged other liberals to contact my boss (or just come “put a bullet” in my head.) I just kept on keeping on, and acted like I wasn’t one bit afraid of her, but I really was a nervous wreck for months.


3 posted on 09/24/2011 5:29:10 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: decimon

“don’t have a political blog and stupid boss.” So a smart boss would be happy with employee writing on his political blog during work hours?


4 posted on 09/24/2011 5:33:33 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: A_perfect_lady

That was a terrorist threat, I would have gone to the FBI.


5 posted on 09/24/2011 5:36:51 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: A_perfect_lady

It’s not just liberals.

A “foaming” FReeper [who claimed he thought I was a guy, as if that minimized/justified anything] once said he’d like to “meet me offline in an alley”.

Another FReeper sicced her ‘hacker’ goons on me and my bank account was hit.

Psychotics are everywhere.


6 posted on 09/24/2011 5:36:51 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Just, wow.

You know, a lot of what I post is tinged with a good deal of humor (not all, but certainly some). However, your experience is frightening. Chilling even.


7 posted on 09/24/2011 5:38:38 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: A_perfect_lady
I had the same problem with a hateful liberal/Marxist from Colorado. He was an atheist music teacher in a godless and socialist-funded government school.
8 posted on 09/24/2011 5:39:09 AM PDT by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: A_perfect_lady

I saw just this situation on the NYT forums during the Clinton fiasco with Monica. Fortunately, it didn’t happen to me, but it did result in lawsuits and, as the nutty behavior escalated, the eventual closing down of the NYT forums (which were absolutely the best). There is a pale, highly filtered version of the NYT forums still in existence, but they are neither worth participating in, nor reading.


9 posted on 09/24/2011 5:43:51 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: Walkingfeather

And they’d have done exactly nothing.

Our bank manager [a personal friend] could do no more than “flag” my account for unusual activity/tracing after I got hit because the hacker was ‘smart’ in that she had others do it, avoiding first-person involvement and the FReepmail I got from a [now banned] poster warning me that it was coming, beforehand, was not “serious” enough for anybody but the Mods and JimRob to take action.

The skank who directed the hackers got banned as well but her agent provocateur is still posting here.


10 posted on 09/24/2011 5:45:02 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: decimon

good article. I’m going to show it to my kids.

HHC’s husband.


11 posted on 09/24/2011 5:49:40 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: Salamander
Psychotics are everywhere.

Be careful, they might even hit you with sticks.

Oh, wait...

12 posted on 09/24/2011 5:53:38 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: humblegunner
That, I actually enjoyed.


13 posted on 09/24/2011 5:56:35 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: Walkingfeather

I didn’t know who SHE was, though. She had a series of proxies and screennames (later I found out that she did that sort of thing all the time, so she was practiced at covering her tracks.) I to this day don’t know if my boss ever was contacted... if she was, she blew it off and didn’t tell me.


14 posted on 09/24/2011 5:58:15 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: decimon
When I first signed up on FR back in 1998, I stupidly used my full name as a screen name. (Internet Noobie mistake)

Looking back, that's beyond stupid, more like double dare stupid.....

I can't tell you the trouble it caused me on FR posting about the Whitewater Clinton files.....by liberals and their assorted minions who used that knowledge to do all sort of problems for me

15 posted on 09/24/2011 6:01:00 AM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: A_perfect_lady
Then she spammed the chatroom with my full name and address over and over, and urged other liberals to contact my boss (or just come “put a bullet” in my head.)

Isn't inciting to violence a prosecutable offense? Or does it actually have to result in violence first?
16 posted on 09/24/2011 6:01:21 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: A_perfect_lady
I ran into one of these problems. I was arguing politics with a foaming liberal, and although she knew only my first name, general location, and some generalities about my profession, she figured out who I was and threatened constantly to contact my boss and get me fired because she hated my guts. Then she spammed the chatroom with my full name and address over and over, and urged other liberals to contact my boss (or just come “put a bullet” in my head.) I just kept on keeping on, and acted like I wasn’t one bit afraid of her, but I really was a nervous wreck for months.

If you've signed up with the forum then people with the forum may have, at the least, your email address.

I was once a member of a forum that went inactive. I later discovered that my personal information from that forum was on available with a search of my name. The revealing of personal information needn't be done maliciously, it's just in the nature of this medium.

17 posted on 09/24/2011 6:10:08 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Salamander
Psychotics are everywhere.


Another "psychotic" freeper just viewed your homepage...

and liked it! The "Poison" trike is too cool!
18 posted on 09/24/2011 6:12:38 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: hellinahandcart
good article. I’m going to show it to my kids.

You'll probably need a drill press to get it into their heads but this is a start. ;-)

19 posted on 09/24/2011 6:13:23 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Popman
When I first signed up on FR back in 1998, I stupidly used my full name as a screen name. (Internet Noobie mistake)

Looking back, that's beyond stupid, more like double dare stupid.....

Yeah, you don't want to be one of those anonymous cowards, blah blah... But in time you realize it's wearing a bullseye on a battlefield to use your real name.

I can't tell you the trouble it caused me on FR posting about the Whitewater Clinton files.....by liberals and their assorted minions who used that knowledge to do all sort of problems for me

Sadly, I have no trouble believing that. Your political beliefs, religious beliefs, race, ethnicity or failing to capitalize a letter can be cause for retribution.

20 posted on 09/24/2011 6:23:11 AM PDT by decimon
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To: dagoofyfoot

My admittedly erratic homepage looks like a lunatic’s yard sale....LOL

[but thanks for enjoying it in spite of the manic disarray]....;]


21 posted on 09/24/2011 6:23:13 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: decimon

“or failing to capitalize a letter can be cause for retribution. “

Thank God e.e. cummings didn’t live to see it.

;]


22 posted on 09/24/2011 6:24:49 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: decimon

It wasn’t a forum with accounts, it was just a simple chatroom that anyone could post in. Now I realize what psychos that format draws, I don’t participate anymore.


23 posted on 09/24/2011 6:28:00 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: decimon
...or failing to capitalize a letter can be cause for retribution.

LOL...yeah those speling and gammer Nazis can be a pain...

24 posted on 09/24/2011 6:33:50 AM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: A_perfect_lady
It wasn’t a forum with accounts, it was just a simple chatroom that anyone could post in. Now I realize what psychos that format draws, I don’t participate anymore.

Okay. I guess that reinforces the point of not revealing personal info.

25 posted on 09/24/2011 6:37:04 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Salamander
My kind of yard sale, saw "the Coop" back in 1975 doing his "Welcome to My Nightmare" tour. It was one of the best shows I've ever seen. He was way ahead of his time.
He actually had himself and some other characters popping in and out of big movie screen set on the back of the stage. Their timing had to be impeccable!

I don't think anything like that had ever been done before.
26 posted on 09/24/2011 7:21:34 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: dagoofyfoot

I’ve got the DVD of that concert.

Get hold of it and watch it with his “commentary” going on...it’s hysterical...:)


27 posted on 09/24/2011 7:27:21 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: decimon

Yah. I thought I was being careful enough by not giving my last name or exact location, but a determined creep can find out a lot based on very little.


28 posted on 09/24/2011 7:36:27 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Jack_Schitt

PING!


29 posted on 09/24/2011 7:44:46 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: decimon

You mean that Nigerian check I just got is going to bounce?


30 posted on 09/24/2011 7:45:15 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: A_perfect_lady

I have at times typed out long posts for FR and then deleted them when I thought it all over and realized that if I hit the post button I was putting enough information in one post for anyone who really wanted to work a little to identify me.

I am sure that they could do it anyway but they would need to put several things together from different posts and it wouldn’t be so easy, at least it wouldn’t be easy unless the person actually knows me.

As for putting naked pictures and such online I think anyone who even considers it is crazy. People now put things out on the internet that they would not have told anyone fifty years ago. I used to be amazed at the things I was told by strangers with whom I might strike up a conversation while waiting for a plane or something like that in a public place but it makes far more sense to tell your secrets to a stranger whom you can reasonably expect never to see again than to make a permanent record on the internet accessible to all.


31 posted on 09/24/2011 8:02:03 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: Salamander

I would like to meet you offline myself but not in an alley! I would want to be in a public place with a crowd, I’m too chicken to meet you in an alley.


32 posted on 09/24/2011 8:06:13 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: RipSawyer

LOLOL!

You’re a trip, Rip.

;D


33 posted on 09/24/2011 9:17:56 AM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: Popman
LOL...yeah those speling and gammer Nazis can be a pain...

That does it. I'm placing you on Double-Secret Probation.

34 posted on 09/24/2011 9:34:44 AM PDT by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: Popman
Double secret probation is far better than making me watch another republican debate as punishment !!!
35 posted on 09/24/2011 9:46:59 AM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Good Heavens Madame you should have contacted your local or state police. There are ‘’cyber-crimes’’ units now in all state police departments for just this kind of thing.


36 posted on 09/24/2011 11:56:00 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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