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boman47k 02-02-2010 04:03 PM

email addys
 
How easy is it to find someone's email address with only a name? Also, how legal is it to do this and check a persons online activity without there knowlege?

user1007 02-02-2010 04:34 PM

If the person has connected their email with their name and allowed it to be listed in things like Facebook, gmail and yahoo directories, etc. there is no major issue. There are any number of services that will search out the information for you, for a small fee of course. You can find one at www.refdesk.com. If you type the persons name in Google you will be bombarded with offers from companies that promise to help find contact information including emails for them.

Tapping into someone else's private internet use without their knowledge or permission could get you in a lot of trouble. Unless you are an employer and an employee is using company internet and/or email. Most cases have sided with ownership of such records and even the contents of the mail as belonging to the employer.

Not sure how it all works out with regard to parental rights. Those with kids will have a better idea I suspect.

Be careful. Whatever spying you have in mind is probably not worth the consequences if you get caught. Best consult a licensed private investigator to explore your questions and options if this is something serious and not just something you are into for emotional reasons.

And of course, if you suspect criminal activity, turn the matter over to the authorities ASAP. Local police or FBI will have task forces to deal with things.

boman47k 02-02-2010 05:29 PM

Actually I would be the victim in this case. I have seen the adds that advertise finding email addys, didn't know if they were for real or how legal it would be. Seems like an invasion of privacy issue, if there is such a thing anymore.

Scuba_Dave 02-02-2010 05:47 PM

Much of what you do over the Internet can & is tracked
All depends upon what information & how it is gathered by the companies
Cookies track every site you are on & what you do - to an extent

boman47k 02-02-2010 05:57 PM

I know about cookies. I guess finding someone's email addy is no different than finding their home address. Still seems odd. Finding a home address does not enable someone to legally go into the the home and snoop around. With an email addy they can find postings that you may or may not want to share with just anyone.

Heheh, bottom line is always behave as if you are being watched, chances are you may be.

P.S. I would assume pm's might be a little different unless needed by law enforcement.

nap 02-02-2010 07:57 PM

most of my addy's are un-findable as my real name is not attached to them in any way. The one attached to my ISP may be discoverable if somebody has access to my ISP servers.


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With an email addy they can find postings that you may or may not want to share with just anyone.

that's the point. The can find postings. Things the poster put on a public forum. They would not have access to secured servers without some illegal snooping.

boman47k 02-02-2010 08:20 PM

If you have an alternate addy, can it be found through your rpimary addy? It just makes me uncomfortable to know this was done. I do nothing illegal or anything. It just feels strange. I'm sure this may be read also, Don't care at this point.

I have asked my provider about changing my primary email because my name is part of it. I was told they could not do that. Maybe they can't, but I can change providers if I need to.

nap 02-02-2010 09:28 PM

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=boman47k;393689]If you have an alternate addy, can it be found through your rpimary addy? It just makes me uncomfortable to know this was done. I do nothing illegal or anything. It just feels strange. I'm sure this may be read also, Don't care at this point.
just figure anything you post on the internet can be seen by somebody else. If you are working in somebody's system, that is not being on the internet even though you are connected via the internet.

and about finding alternate addy;s: that all depends on if you somehow link them. just be aware that almost anything can be found out if the investigator has enough time and money and probable cause for a warrant.

now, if you get a virus, all bets are off. If it transfers info somewhere else, it could send enough info so that any addy could be discoverable and since they all came from the same source, a bit of research and they are linked.

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I have asked my provider about changing my primary email because my name is part of it. I was told they could not do that. Maybe they can't, but I can change providers if I need to.]
really.
I'm with you. Let them know you are willing to cancel your account if they do not allow the change and see if that stirs them. If not, tell them to cancel the account.

you can always sign back up and register with a new e-mail addy. If they argue it is same home address or whatever, put it in wifes name, dad's name, what ever. Then when you set up account, make new e-mail addy.

gma2rjc 02-02-2010 09:54 PM

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now, if you get a virus, all bets are off. If it transfers info somewhere else, it could send enough info so that any addy could be discoverable and since they all came from the same source, a bit of research and they are linked.
A few years ago, my brother was getting messages from people on his contacts list asking why he sent them such oddball emails. He didn't know what they were talking about.

Then he found out that he had a virus that got into his email box and sent saved emails to all of those people.

nap 02-02-2010 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by gma2rjc (Post 393786)
A few years ago, my brother was getting messages from people on his contacts list asking why he sent them such oddball emails. He didn't know what they were talking about.

Then he found out that he had a virus that got into his email box and sent saved emails to all of those people.

I used to hear of a lot of those. Not as much anymore due to a couple of things: virus protection and beating on people to not open mail they do not know who it was from and especially do not open a package in that mail. Ignorant people are to blame for a good portion of their own woes.

and there is nothing wrong with being ignorant, just fix it when you realize you are.

boman47k 02-02-2010 10:14 PM

Years ago, a my daughters's friend's little bro hacked my aol account and put some ..stuff in my profile. I really don't know how long it had been there as I didn't check it everyday. I got better at that! LOL! I had to laugh it off. This was a young kid.
About that time, he hacked a federal facility near here. I was told they mostly scared the hell out of him and spoke of a possible job in a few years. As far as I know nothing came of it.

gma2rjc 02-02-2010 10:26 PM

I got this email from "UPS" yesterday.

It's from: Service Manager Carissa Ames
Re: UPS Delivery Problem NR 92528.

Dear customer!

We failed to deliver the postal package which was sent on the 2nd of December in time because the addressee's address is erroneous.

Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our department.

United Parcel Service of America.


Here's the thing - I haven't sent a package through UPS in a couple years. If I had, I seriously doubt that it would take them 2 months to contact me about it. Plus, it doesn't seem like they would send me an email with an employee's name on it.

DM said it's probably a virus and not to open it. I sent a copy of it to UPS, but they haven't contacted me about it. It seems like they'd want to know if there is a scam going on involving their company name.

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Heheh, bottom line is always behave as if you are being watched, chances are you may be.
That's probably the best advice.

Did you know that when someone signs up for Facebook and agrees to their terms of use that they give FB the right to use any information and photographs they've posted there? :eek:

nap 02-02-2010 10:35 PM

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Originally Posted by gma2rjc (Post 393807)

Did you know that when someone signs up for Facebook and agrees to their terms of use that they give FB the right to use any information and photographs they've posted there? :eek:

actually if you would check, you would find that many sites (:wink::wink:) have such a license agreement in their TOS.

gma2rjc 02-02-2010 10:35 PM

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Years ago, a my daughters's friend's little bro hacked my aol account and put some ..stuff in my profile. I really don't know how long it had been there as I didn't check it everyday. I got better at that! LOL! I had to laugh it off. This was a young kid.
About that time, he hacked a federal facility near here. I was told they mostly scared the hell out of him and spoke of a possible job in a few years. As far as I know nothing came of it.
Silly kids! You teach them the alphabet and how to type and the next thing you know they have their own file with the FBI.

He's probably the only kid in his school who actually has the 'permanent record' teachers talk about.

gma2rjc 02-02-2010 10:45 PM

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actually if you would check, you would find that many sites (:wink::wink:) have such a license agreement in their TOS.
I suppose there's a reason for it.

How old was the boy?


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