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Windows 7: Google reverses 'real names' policy, apologizes

19 Jul 2014   #11
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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I was supposed to use my real name on google?

Ya I don't get it. I didn't have to either. How would they even know?


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19 Jul 2014   #12
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

I know. Why would they target you specifically? I signed up using my real name but it is so common in Korea that it is almost impossible to find the real me. (First and last name combined)
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19 Jul 2014   #13
Wrend

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit, Debian GNU/Linux 64bit (virtual machine on a RAM drive)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scr View Post
I was supposed to use my real name on google?

Ya I don't get it. I didn't have to either. How would they even know?
Because they "triangulate" all of your data on every account and contact on every devices and external IP address you've ever used anything that is even remotely related to Google on.

Because of this, I was forced to change to using my real name on an alias Google account I was using to specifically not use my real name on. (And no, I wasn't using this account for any nefarious reasons; I just wanted anonymity on it.) No where on this account was my real name used, but they knew what it was anyway, and forced me into using it, if I wanted to continue using the account for what I was using it for. So yeah, that account is basically worthless now for what its initial purpose was.

If you somehow managed to fall through the cracks, you either don't use many Google services and don't have any accounts with them that contain your real information, or you are exceedingly fortunate.

I like Google services a lot for some things and hate them for others. We have a rocky and seemingly abusive relationship which I'm too reliant on to just walk away from. I guess the pros still outweigh the cons for me.

Regardless of what you might think, the sad reality is that you have no real anonymity on the internet, and that if anyone or anything tries hard enough and has enough incentive to try that hard, they will find out who you are, where you live, everything you've ever done online, and likely where you are at this very moment. Ironically, the main incentive is only to try and sell you something that you're slightly more likely to buy, or to sell your internet history to someone else who thinks it matters. Taking that into account, I'd still rather not make it any easier for them.
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19 Jul 2014   #14
Phill3990

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Seems the only way to escape being logged and tracked by people is to use privacy browsers (Tor and the like) or having a good amount of knowledge of how to hide yourself by using other software. Pretty soon the story of the Watchdogs game released by ubisoft this year will come true
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19 Jul 2014   #15
Wrend

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit, Debian GNU/Linux 64bit (virtual machine on a RAM drive)
 
 

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Seems the only way to escape being logged and tracked by people is to use privacy browsers (Tor and the like) or having a good amount of knowledge of how to hide yourself by using other software. Pretty soon the story of the Watchdogs game released by ubisoft this year will come true
Keep in mind that these tools just make it more difficult, but because of that they can also make you a target (such as to the NSA http://www.wired.com/2014/07/nsa-tar...vacy-services/).

About the only way you're getting online without personally being tracked at all is if you don't have a cell phone/Wi-Fi capable device on your person, stole a laptop from a remote location without its owner knowing which you're never going to use again and dispose of properly that doesn't have any cameras on it and you're physically using it in a remote location that you don't frequent to connect to the internet that doesn't have any cameras and the other people there don't notice you being there at all. And of course, that you don't use the laptop to connect/log on to anything that you've used before and won't use again.

This may sound rather far fetched, but really, it isn't.
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19 Jul 2014   #16
Phill3990

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for posting that link Wrend it was a good read
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19 Jul 2014   #17
OvenMaster

Win7 Pro 32bit; Zorin OS 9 Core (in VM)
 
 

Heh. I had launched my Google and YouTube account about five years ago before they required real names. Over the past few years, they did keep pestering me whenever I did sign in so that I could "update" my account with a real name. I even managed to not have a cell phone number and get the account. They don't need my number (even if I had one) nor my real name. Score one for privacy advocates.
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21 Jul 2014   #18
Fantail

7 x64 | 7 x64
 
 

I remember google pestering me for a mobile updates as well. It got so I stopped using my youtube channel or signing on at all. This move might entice me to bother once again. While that may sound dry once you depreciate something out of your life it doesn't make much sense to froth over it anymore.
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21 Jul 2014   #19
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

So I didn't used a real name on google and they know my name now?
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24 Jul 2014   #20
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I guess the new hitch is Google automatically enters new members to google +
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