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  1. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    Search Google for your email address (Dox yourself)

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by GingerCoffee, Apr 18, 2014.

    It could be bad news, but you could also find something fixable like I just did. Something really big!

    So in another forum someone asked had people ever doxxed themselves. Never heard of it. It's more than just Googling your name,

    http://hack-world.4umer.net/t5-how-to-dox-somebody

    Some of the people were turning up stuff about people from their forum names and other information in their profiles. The searches were not malevolent.

    I don't have a lot of data out there on the Net so my email turned up nothing but my Twitter account and I deleted it since I don't use it much anyway. But my business email was another story.

    Sure there are dozens of yellow pages spinoffs and my name and address are everywhere, but that's OK, one usually wants one's business in the phone book. Then I saw my name on one of the sites I contract with to do business. It's a city and they post information on businesses they contract with for services, a public disclosure thing.

    They had scanned all my paperwork including my name, birthdate, signature and social security number. It had been up there for 18 months. :eek:

    It's down now, and I don't think my ID was stolen. I think while ID theft is common, there are billions of people out there so the odds are still low it will happen. But this was an eye opener and a serendipitous find.

    Thought I'd share.o_O
     
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  2. Lewdog

    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    Haha I did myself and it only brought me up on one thing. I somehow got put on this long list of email addresses from some spammer.
     
  3. Garball

    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    What? Just search your email address?
     
  4. Lewdog

    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    Google your email address and follow it into the rabbit hole and see how deep you can go.
     
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    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    Nothing came up.
     
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    Same with me.
     
  7. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    Nothing came up with my email, but apparently for other people a lot comes up. For my business email it was all over the place.

    Do you have a Twitter or FB account? I believe those show up connected to your email address. I blame them. ;)
     
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    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    Thank God I don't like people enough to partake in such acts.
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    simply googling my email address turned up almost 22k hits going back to 2004... mostly from writing sites... since i've given it out many more times than that over the past decade, that means not all of the instances are showing up...

    fyi, you must put your address in " " to get just your own and not others that have part of yours in them...
     
  10. Lewdog

    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    I added the quotes and still only got one hit.
     
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    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    I guess now would be a good time to move to Montana and get off the grid while I am still mostly anonymous. Might have to change my name from Garball Jones to something less suspicious like Panfriedperch Aloysius Rainbow Clarke.
     
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    That would like awfully suspicious since there are no perch native to Montana.
     
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    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    How about Brook Stickleback? That might throw them for a loop.
    You can be my sidekick, Flathead Chub
     
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    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    Steelhead Chub sounds so much better.
     
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    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    Shut up, Flathead
     
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    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    I'm always the bottom feeder. :(
     
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    The Flatheads are notable figures, including royalty, in the Great Underground Empire. Lord Dimwit Flathead the Excessive is best known for Flood Control Dam #3, which nearly bankrupted his kingdom.
     

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