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Is it dangerous to share your desktop user-name online?


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#1 SuperSapien64

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 05:01 PM

I remember hearing somewhere that you shouldn't share your desktop (Windows, Linux , Mac, etc) user-name online. Is this true? If so what are the risk?



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 05:50 PM

No risk what so ever, unless your name is "C:\Users\MyLittlePonyBoyRocksMyWorld\Pictures\MylittlePonyPictures" and you are a dude!



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 06:59 PM

No risk what so ever, unless your name is "C:\Users\MyLittlePonyBoyRocksMyWorld\Pictures\MylittlePonyPictures" and you are a dude!

So /home/vmmint/Documents/Email notification sounds is perfectly safe to post online?



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 10:24 PM

Nope, its like takign a screen grab of the desktop and people can see what time is on the clock, what will they do with this info? Nothing really.

If it was something like C:\users\Derik_Zoolander\SecretFiles\NSA_Files\ExploitCiscoRouters\Source*./ then maybe it would indicate something nice to find but no mate a name is nothing.



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 07:39 PM

Thanks.:)



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 08:12 PM

I have another, maybe a bit stupid question. Why do you need to share your username or own real name. Say, i'm  Pink Elephant, it is much more interesting.



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Posted 20 September 2016 - 01:10 PM

You may need to share your username if yoou want to tell someone the full file path at which a certain folder or file is found. These often appear in logs from antimalware tools for exmaple.


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Posted 20 September 2016 - 01:54 PM

You may need to share your username if yoou want to tell someone the full file path at which a certain folder or file is found. These often appear in logs from antimalware tools for exmaple.

All such a files are usually editable using text editor, simply use "Edit" => "Replace" and You can replace all usernames with one click. But I can't see any reason to do that. 



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Posted 20 September 2016 - 03:36 PM

Posting logs in open forum

While we appreciate your concerns. Nothing in the logs is of any value to would be 'hackers' intent on doing someone harm. Persons knowledgeable enough to create an attack of any significance would not need any information in the logs. Bleeping Computer has been in existence for close to 11 years. We have always operated this way and maintained our first priority is our members safety and security. The management of this forum would not put in place a process that would reveal any personally identifiable information.

As has been said the information created by the logs is necessary for those Malware Removal Team members to provide the service. The service is free of charge. While the suggestion you make would be a viable alternative, it would be impossible to implement and manage while maintaining a free service.


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Posted 21 September 2016 - 08:05 PM

You may need to share your username if yoou want to tell someone the full file path at which a certain folder or file is found. These often appear in logs from antimalware tools for exmaple.

All such a files are usually editable using text editor, simply use "Edit" => "Replace" and You can replace all usernames with one click.

Before posting your logs, edit out the Hostname (ie. username) for privacy and data mining https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_mining reasons.
 

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 07:04 PM

 

All such a files are usually editable using text editor, simply use "Edit" => "Replace" and You can replace all usernames with one click.

Before posting your logs, edit out the Hostname (ie. username) for privacy and data mining https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_mining reasons.

 

So your username could could be used for data mining?



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Posted 22 September 2016 - 11:14 PM

So your username could could be used for data mining?

A data mining algorithm with filters, CAN target any set parameters . The search data found can be extracted and then analysed through refining algorithms.

https://scholar.google.com.au/scholar?q=data+mining+algorithm&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart
https://www.cs.umd.edu/~samir/498/10Algorithms-08.pdf
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms175595.aspx
https://rayli.net/blog/data/top-10-data-mining-algorithms-in-plain-english/


Google Tips.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/20-tips-use-google-search-efficiently.html
http://distractify.com/old-school/2015/03/08/google-tips-1197887305

Just using Google search with filters you can find data for 'Southport FC' and 'Tim' Now, you can string these search with filters together to refine the data search.

Some simple examples are:

"C:\Users\Southport FC"

C:\Users\Southport FC site:www.bleepingcomputer.com


"C:\Users\Tim"

C:\Users\Tim site:www.bleepingcomputer.com

Now, you can string these together to refine the data search.
 

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Posted 27 September 2016 - 09:41 PM

 

So your username could could be used for data mining?

A data mining algorithm with filters, CAN target any set parameters . The search data found can be extracted and then analysed through refining algorithms.


"C:\Users\Tim"

C:\Users\Tim site:www.bleepingcomputer.com

Now, you can string these together to refine the data search.

 

So they can see what sites your visiting?


Edited by SuperSapien64, 27 September 2016 - 09:42 PM.


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Posted 04 October 2016 - 06:47 PM

Post#13, all depends on whether the sites you visit are making use of the same ad networks and feeding data into the same place, if not it won't be connected up. As far as means of advertisers or snoopers trying to track your visiting this is one of those with less potential to give results, it isn't one of the ones that can be done as easily as cookies and it isn't one of the ones really tough to avoid. Your username, unless you've been using it in multiple places with fairly consistent other factors won't do much to make you trackable, far less so than posting your normal name.
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Posted 11 October 2016 - 11:36 PM

Thanks rp88. :)






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