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Old 10-26-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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Study: Your Personal Info Leaked by 61% of Websites
According to a study conducted by Stanford University Law School…
•Viewing a local ad on the Home Depot website sent the user’s first name and email address to 13 companies.
•Entering the wrong password on the Wall Street Journal website sent the user’s email address to 7 companies. [...]We identified the Wall Street Journal leak in a different browsing session from the one reported in the spreadsheet – and by accident. In the interest of consistency – we did not test logging out and logging back in on other sites, nor logging in with the wrong password – we decided to discuss the leak in our post but not our spreadsheet.
•Changing user settings on the video sharing site Metacafe sent first name, last name, birthday, email address, physical address, and phone numbers to 2 companies.
•Signing up on the NBC website sent the user’s email address to 7 companies.
•Signing up on Weather Underground sent the user’s email address to 22 companies.
•The mandatory mailing list page during CNBC signup sent the user’s email address to 2 companies.
•Clicking the validation link in the Reuters signup email sent the user’s email address to 5 companies.
•Interacting with Bleacher Report sent the user’s first and last names to 15 companies.
•Interacting with classmates.com sent the user’s first and last names to 22 companies.
Is adding your information into a sign-in page sending your email address to other sites as well?
The study authors go on to state the concept of anonymity does not exist in third-party web-tracking, but PC World reports the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation questioning this assertion. Daniel Castro, a senior analyst at the foundation, said that the report “identified some technical issues that websites can address to improve privacy.” He states that majority of businesses do not abuse user information and have the appropriate policies and privacy practices in place.

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Old 10-26-2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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Hey Nathan! Wanna make a couple extra bucks??? No, not selling your member's emails.... but go into the BANNED members (mostly spammers) list and collect THOSE emails, annnnd......

Payback's a bytch....

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Old 10-26-2011, 11:40 AM   #3
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THAT is one of the best ideas to come along in a long time. Gets my vote.

That's the same as using a solicitors postage paid envelope you recieve to put their trash in that they sent you and mail it back to them.
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no wonder i get so many off the wall e-mails. i hate that websites to that....
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It sucks that it has to be like that but you just have to learn to adapt. I keep one email address that allows only emails from people in my address book as well as several "junkers" which I use if I need to put down an email so sign up for something. My wife's junker literally gets over 100 emails a day.

There's a lot of places where my address is 123 Main St, Somewhere usa 11111.
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There's a lot of places where my address is 123 Main St, Somewhere usa 11111.
HEY! That's MY house!!!!

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I have a throwaway e-mail address that I use on places like Facebook. I never send e-mails from it. Hackers like a contact list and it doesn't have one.
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I have a throwaway e-mail address that I use on places like Facebook. I never send e-mails from it. Hackers like a contact list and it doesn't have one.
Exactly, 1 private and 1 public address is the way to go. I’m sure I have 2-3 thousand unread messages in my Yahoo Mail.
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Don't use an "Address Book" ("Outlook" or others).
Something gets on your "puter" - one of the first things it looks for.
Spams all of your "contacts".
However; if something gets on, and it can find your "Address Book" -
you've got bigger problems!
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One more thing: DO NOT close any of these email addresses, if something or someone hacks your let's say Yahoo account, there will be no way for you to go in there and change your password. Leave them open even if you don't plan on using them anymore.

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