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Important Notice - Personal Information

Pierce

Administrator
Staff member
#1
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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#4
good reminder to be vigilant - thanks
 
#7
Thanks for the warning
 
#8
thanks, u never notice how much personal info u give out until its pointed out like this
 

LittleFlutterby

Fluffy lil flutterby :)
#16
wow i never thought of that before :O

thanks!
 

LittleFlutterby

Fluffy lil flutterby :)
#17
you just wouldnt expect that from this site were all so supportive of each other ..
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...
 

desperate2Bslim

Reaching the goal
#18
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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