Important Notice - Personal Information

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  1. Pierce

    Pierce Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi Everybody,

    I just want to remind you to be vigilant regarding your personal information.

    Today we removed 2 threads that ask members for a long list of details. While this may seem like a fun activity it can also unfortunately end in tears.

    If you remember when you register for different things online, such as bank accounts, emails, paypal accounts etc there is always a secret question.

    These questions can be, names of good friends, colours, maiden names, favourite pet names, school's, favourite locations all of which are asked directly/indirectly on these kind of threads.

    So once somebody knows your email, they just need to figure out what services you use, and then they have a list of personal information that they can use as a directory to reset your password on that service and then gain unauthorized entry. Some services like paypal do an excellent job of sending you an email if your primary email changes but other services may not do that.

    Again we are just asking for people to be vigilant when giving out personal information. As it says in our rules, all content on this site can be googled and that is possibly how you even found MiniMins.

    You are responsible for your own security and personal details on the internet.

    Best Regards,
    Pierce
     
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  3. LucyLou73

    LucyLou73 Determined Slimmer

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    Good advice I'll be careful thanks x
     
  4. Sam1988

    Sam1988 I ♥ Slimming World

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    Thankyou for the warning! :) xx
     
  5. owup here we go

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    good reminder to be vigilant - thanks
     
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    topslimming New Member

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    Thank you very much!
     
  7. Chelle x

    Chelle x Gold Member

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    Thanks Pierce - definitely made me think

    x
     
  8. priomhoide

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    Thanks for the warning
     
  9. Samprand

    Samprand WILL do it!

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    thanks, u never notice how much personal info u give out until its pointed out like this
     
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    thank you for the advice x
     
  11. Haimaat

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    Thanks, as a newbie I'll be aware.
     
  12. Ryantcb

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    cool like it
     
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    thanks for remind i will carefull to bring my email and data account
     
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    Yes thank you

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    thanx for the advice !
     
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    you just wouldnt expect that from this site were all so supportive of each other ..
     
  17. LittleFlutterby

    LittleFlutterby Fluffy lil flutterby :)

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    wow i never thought of that before :O

    thanks!
     
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  19. LittleFlutterby

    LittleFlutterby Fluffy lil flutterby :)

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    From how i read it, i believe that the threads may have just been "fun" trivial threads, that kill time, a bit like a "100 questions about me" notes that float about on facebook- that i have been guilty of taking part in in the past myself

    i doubt there was any malice or bad reasons for doing it rather than it just being a bit of fun

    but those answers *can* be dangerous in the wrong hands...
     
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    Thanks a lot! I didn't realize that those questions can be directly asked in forums like this and can be used against my knowledge.
     
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    B0SC0 Mr Newbie

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    Great advice Pierce.
     
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    I would never give out passwords, but wouldn't have thought about that. Good advice.
     
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