Internet Security

Toad

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I worry about internet security and sometimes it keeps me from posting or at least being as open as I would like.

How hard would it be for someone to trace you back and dox you with the things you post?
Can they get your IP address off the servers?
I use a VPN but it occasionally stops working and may show my address.

While those close to me know some about the abuse. Professionally it could be bad if it was ever linked. Plus, I have an unusual name and am the only one who shows up on Google with my name.

Does anyone know about serve security and if it logs these things?

The other thing I hate is the Wayback Machine. It records the Website at random times. So when I go back to change a post because I am uncomfortable with how much I share, it could be there in a permanent record.

One last thing. I used to have my picture from the time when I was abused on my profile. But I loaded a picture of my wife as an infant on my Google photos. It asked me if this was a picture of my wife. Facial recognition is getting really good.
There is a company that scapes the internet for photos and names to use in facial recognition. They allow police to buy access to their database and they can put a persons picture in and if they have been on the web or social media, they can give them the data on that person. The police are using that more and more to identify child porn victims.
But there are other companies that can do the same. So theoretically if they wanted they could match my baby picture with the pictures of me on my website.
This freaks me out a little.

Are any of these concerns valid?
Or am I just too paranoid?
 
damn. those all seem like valid concerns to me. I'd love to know some of the answers as well. Though, I have to say, having interacted with the moderation team, I know MS is doing everything they can to make this a safe community in all ways possible.
 

Toad

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I know MS is doing everything they can to make this a safe community
Absolutely agree.
Just want to know how careful I need to be.
If my name was John Smith it wouldn't be as big of a concern. But I have an unusual first and last name.
 

CarbonTiger

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Use an email address unrelated to any account and a VPN, you're basically not tied to the info at that point, in general.
 
How hard would it be for someone to trace you back and dox you with the things you post?
Not that easy, I would guess, assuming you don't blare out things about your real life like your name, your address, your social security number, and so on.

More to the point, why would anyone do this? Are you a celebrity, or a billionaire? I think those of us with PTSD - that is, almost all of us - often struggle with paranoid thinking that can be so hard to get out of.

It pays to be careful. But it also pays to be realistic.
 

Toad

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You are right. Nobody would really care about me. I get anxious and worry about things too much.
Maybe I will go ahead and post My Story
 

Troy86

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I read your thread with interest. I have no real idea of how it all works, how I get ads related to my internet activity. How is that possible. And now facial recognition. I have put my school photo of me from 1978 on my profile, the same year of my abuse. The same year I had photos taken of me, pornographic photos. Because of the amount of years between those photos being taken to when the internet started, I have always told myself they’re not on the internet. I have tried not to dwell on that thought. But now if there is some agency that could put it together and contact me. It’s a negative thought and not sure the impact it would have. Other than a very negative one. What’s the likely hood of that happening.
 

CarbonTiger

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I read your thread with interest. I have no real idea of how it all works, how I get ads related to my internet activity. How is that possible. And now facial recognition. I have put my school photo of me from 1978 on my profile, the same year of my abuse. The same year I had photos taken of me, pornographic photos. Because of the amount of years between those photos being taken to when the internet started, I have always told myself they’re not on the internet. I have tried not to dwell on that thought. But now if there is some agency that could put it together and contact me. It’s a negative thought and not sure the impact it would have. Other than a very negative one. What’s the likely hood of that happening.
probably not likely, I understand your worry though.

hackers suck but they aren't going to just waste their time on a single persons data ya know? Unless there is a vendetta against you we'll say. I doubt there is.

believe that our government is doing their best to collect data but also to protect its citizens. I know it may be hard to trust in that but its what i believe. That good people will do the right thing. But also, due your do-diligence and change-up your passwords.

I recommend using a Virtual Private Network or "VPN" this helps encrypt your data through wireless & wired networks.

anyway just my opinion...
Be well guys
-Ct
 

Toad

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It’s a negative thought and not sure the impact it would have. Other than a very negative one. What’s the likely hood of that happening.
Sorry, I didn't mean to spread worry.

I was used in porn, a while back I wanted to know if I was being spread around the internet.
So I contacted NCMEC here in the U.S and they assured me that most Porn made before digital cameras is not on the internet.
They had me submit a couple of photos when I was about the age when I was used.
They said their experts are good at remembering the faces in their database of Porn. They said I wasn't in their database. I would have felt more sure had they used facial recognition.
As for Clearview AI, the company has collected 3 billion photos of people from off the internet. Police can pay to submit a photo to see if it matches anyone on the internet. But the police are concerned with stopping on going abuse. They are overwhelmed with Child Abuse and Child Porn and mostly focus on the youngest victims, especially with any new porn images they find.
So as of right now they have the technology to identify people from their images, but it is not being used currently to review old child exploitation images.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/carolinehaskins1/facial-recognition-clearview-patent-dating
 
I'm super late to this party. My biggest concern would be someone hacking this site and stealing our personal info that we had to fill out to join. I don't recall what Info I provided but I image it includes my first and last name. That could be published. However hackers tend to go for sites they feel are bad. No one get's street cred for harassing abuse victims. They tend to like to punish those they feel have done something deserving of punishment. Email address is the other way to track you down. You can create an email address using Proton Mail. The advantage of Proton mail is that you are not required to provide any personal info. It can be a completely anonymous account with nothing pointing back to you. Add in a vpn and its even better. Proton mail is also free. They even have a phone app.
 

Toad

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You can create an email address using Proton Mail
I created an email address just for this kind of thing. Protonmail also has a good VPN I use.
It is rare, but I have read about CSEM victims being tracked down and harassed. And now they can use facial recognition to find out who you are.

It measures the ratio between the features on your face. These don't change much from when you are a kid.
I use Google Photos. You load a picture and it will automatically sort it into an album with the rest of that persons pictures.
I uploaded one of my Mother In Law holding an infant. I couldn't tell who the infant was. It correctly identified the infant as my wife.

It will even pick out people in the photos who were not in the picture but had their photo in a frame on the table behind the person you were filming.

I think 99.9% of people are great and won't use this in a harmful way. But my dealings with the .1% has taught me to be extremely careful. Probably, overly cautious.
 
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