Thing 3: Online Identity

A more sober video from the 23 Research Things team this time around, loaded with import.

So, first job. Google my name.

Results:

  • I’m a President and CEO of a Canadian company trading in precious metals. Go me.
  • I’m a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin. Nope, not me. I just have a common name.
  • Three pages in and finally a truism – I work for Cambridge University.

After narrowing it down to my hometown:

  • Apparently, I’m dead and buried.
  • I’ve been fined £25,000 for selling illegal licence plates – nope, not me.
  • I was born on this day in 1882 – happy birthday to me!
  • And the truism?… I’ve made an objection to a proposed council plan.

Can’t say I’m too upset by this lack of information. I feel comforted that I have kept my online profile hidden from Google for so long – a nigh-on impossibility these days.

Yes, even my old myspace and hotmail accounts and my endless self-promotion of my music journalism has been done under the radar, under a pseudonym.

So, onto “Have I Been Pwned?”.

ARGH! 3 major nega-hits – MySpace in 2008, Dropbox in 2012 and LinkedIn in 2016 have all been hacked. Usernames and passwords  yoinked by ne’er-do-wells.

My plan: Remain as wary of my online presence as I have been thus far. Consider deleting that MySpace account. Definitely delete my LinkedIn account (for now). And change my Dropbox password immediately.

Next job, check out a fellow 23-er. Today, I’ve chosen Science Jazz because I like both disciplines (I’m picturing Miles Davis playing with magnets and iron filings) – https://sciencejazz.wordpress.com/

It’s a pretty little blog and I left a message to encourage the user to continue with it. Do pop along and say hi!

Ciao for now.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Good to hear that haveibeenpwned did the trick! I’ve had some nasty surprises in the past I can tell you!

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