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How do I create a false Facebook account?
self | 8/21/2012 | JimRed

Posted on 08/21/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT by JimRed

How can I safely create a Facebook account without risk of the following:

Facebook’s use of software that enables it to track users’ online activity after they log off of the social-networking site came under scrutiny in Washington this week, with lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups demanding a federal investigation. In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.) wrote that Facebook’s use of “cookie” software should be investigated under the “unfair and deceptive acts” clause of the agency’s mandate. “When people log out of Facebook, they are under the expectation that Facebook is no longer monitoring their activities,” wrote the congressmen….

Washington Post, 9/29/11


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: account; facebook; false
I used to participate regularly in our local Gannett newsrag's online forums (as JimRed), including responses to the letters to the editor, their editorials and syndicated columns. Then they changed over to requiring Facebook logins to comment, so I have been shut out of participation.

It is frustrating not to be able to shine the light of truth on the roaches and watch them scurry, and I miss baiting them into their usual name-calling mode. But I don't need my home burned, my car damaged or my tenants harrassed. In addition I am in a business where a good name is of value and a bad word can cost you money. Since the left will lie about those perceived to oppose them at the drop of a hat, I wish to retain anonymity.

Do I go to the library and set up an account from one of their machines, or is their a way to spoof that system from home? I think Mrs. JimRed has a FB account; should I sneak onto her laptop and do it? Any advice is welcome.

1 posted on 08/21/2012 6:54:24 AM PDT by JimRed
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To: JimRed
You need an email address. Get one from:

  Then just make up a name and upload a profile pic and you are off!

2 posted on 08/21/2012 7:02:44 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: JimRed
You can create a burn account, I have several, but you cannot escape the tracking.

Try the Firefox addon "Collusion" and you'll see exactly how much tracking is going on regardless of whether you are on Facebook or not.

3 posted on 08/21/2012 7:05:07 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: JimRed

http://m.lifehacker.com/5843969/facebook-is-tracking-your-every-move-on-the-web-heres-how-to-stop-it


4 posted on 08/21/2012 7:05:37 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: JimRed
If you really want to make sure that you are not traced, you might also wish to use a proxy and connect via a third country - or two!

  You can also use "TOR".

  This is especially useful if you intend to criticize our emerging totalitarian police state government, as they are throwing people into jail and mental hospitals if they are displeased with the work of Dear Leader Chairman Obama - Peace be upon him... etc. etc...

 Fascist Obama Government throws innocent marine into prison for online speech.

5 posted on 08/21/2012 7:06:13 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: JimRed
Anyone can find out what your IP address, browser, operating system and more are. See:

↑ That's your info!
Your IP address traces right to your front door!

  Don't panic, nobody else can see your info, everyone sees their own... but I could do worse... so could the government, the difference is that I DON'T and they DO!

Post with caution... like a bullet once fired, an internet comment can be traced back to you and cannot be recalled once it hits its target.

6 posted on 08/21/2012 7:13:01 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Thanks, but one question: the page for Collusion contains this notice- Supported by the Ford Foundation.

Isn’t that one of those supporters of leftist causes, masquerading as do-gooders?


7 posted on 08/21/2012 7:30:49 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed
I have no idea.

Have you ever ridden in a Ford car?

8 posted on 08/21/2012 7:36:10 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: JimRed

You do realize that you are using an operating system on your computer that was written by Microsoft, which supports plenty of Leftist causes, right?


9 posted on 08/21/2012 7:39:14 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: JimRed
Delete Facebook account = Problem solved.

Don't worry about the idiots you want to comment to; They won't listen to you anyway.

10 posted on 08/21/2012 7:54:28 AM PDT by real saxophonist (CTHULHU 2012 - Why vote for a Lesser Evil?)
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To: JimRed

Throwaway free email account.

Proxify.


11 posted on 08/21/2012 8:04:30 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: JimRed
Facebook’s use of software that enables it to track users’ online activity
I use Do Not Track Plus.
I also have my browser set to delete all cookies when I close the browser.
12 posted on 08/21/2012 8:15:01 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: JimRed

Use TOR browser bundle.

Get an email at someplace like Yahoo.

NEVER connect to that Yahoo email account if you are not using TOR. Not even the first time! This is because there will be a permanent record of your ip. Every time an email is sent from most web based email accounts a copy of your ip is sent along with it...be certain it is a TOR ip and not yours.

Use TOR and the web email account to open an account on facebook or whatever.

TOR is good but not perfect. Traffic analysis and the fact that the last hop has to be in the clear unless it is to an encrypted server is a weakness. TOR would not protect you against someone like the NSA for instance. For a better level of protection you would need to use an open public wifi connection with TOR...and only use the connection a single time, then move on to another open wifi.(do keep in mind that security cameras are everywhere and you may be photographed at an open wifi location) And keep in mind that last unencrypted hop! Do nothing while using TOR that could unmask you if someone were to be watching the data sent from that last hop. Stick to the business at hand, access only the anonymous email and facebook account during a TOR session and never any other email account or online forum..etc Never end a TOR session at an open wifi hot spot and then switch to normal unencrypted browsing...if you do then you are asking for trouble. If an adversary gets possession of the notebook/netbook you use for TOR browsing it could mean trouble.

There are ways to get much better anonymity but they are either costly or difficult to learn and use...


13 posted on 08/21/2012 8:17:17 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: JimRed

YES.


14 posted on 08/21/2012 8:21:06 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: JimRed

Ghostery is a useful all purpose anti-tracking add-on


15 posted on 08/21/2012 8:37:06 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: JimRed

facebutt ping


16 posted on 08/21/2012 9:25:21 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Bon mots
You can use a proxy service to hide your real location. That's how many Americans were able to stream LIVE olympic coverage by the BBC from the UK. The browser info can also be spoofed. I don't know how paranoid you'd have to be to try to do all these things.

Facebook is a special kind of problem since so many sites use the FB "social plugin."

Post with caution... like a bullet once fired, an internet comment can be traced back to you and cannot be recalled once it hits its target.

Which is why I will not fill out government forms online or sign up to "sign" those White House petitions.

17 posted on 08/21/2012 9:56:26 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 76 days away.)
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To: real saxophonist

You cannot delete a facebook account.


18 posted on 08/21/2012 9:57:30 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 76 days away.)
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To: JimRed

Well, you could call yourself “Barack” and claim to be an American...


19 posted on 08/21/2012 9:58:58 AM PDT by MortMan (Laughter is the best medicine, especially when ridiculing your enemies.)
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To: JimRed

You can create a false account easy, just make up a name and give it an e-mail address that’s anonymous. BUT that won’t actually let you avoid the cookie monster. It just mean all that tracking will be tied to a fake name and anonymous e-mail... and the IP address of your computer.

You’re never really anonymous on the internet, there’s always going to be multiple computers that have record of your computer requesting data from another computer.


20 posted on 08/21/2012 10:02:39 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: newzjunkey
I did.

Or at least they told me I did. A subsequent search didn't turn up my former account.

21 posted on 08/21/2012 10:23:52 AM PDT by real saxophonist (CTHULHU 2012 - Why vote for a Lesser Evil?)
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To: oh8eleven

I’m using the free version of DNT. The day I installed it, my AVG also enabled _their_ Do Not Track. I’m not on Facebook, so I don’t know if it shuts their tracking down.


22 posted on 08/21/2012 11:50:48 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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I’m using the free version of DNT ... I’m not on Facebook, so I don’t know if it shuts their tracking down.
DNT Plus is free. It puts an icon on the right side of your URL window like this ...Go to a website, click on the icon and you'll find out whether or not the website is tracking you and/or what's been blocked by DNT+.
DNT+ FAQs
23 posted on 08/21/2012 12:08:39 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

Just clicked my icon and yes, it is is the DNT Plus.


24 posted on 08/21/2012 2:54:03 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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