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#1 DSTM

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 03:17 AM

This is a question in the back of my mind all the time when sending PM's.
Wondering what other members thoughts are when sending them.
Sending a PM should imply what the title suggests IMO.
Would the Mods and Admin clarify if indeed they are private, and who
has access to them when they feel like looking into other peoples affairs?
I bring this up because of concern for privacy,and the fact that a number of members
have given me their email addresses,raising the privacy issue with me,and telling
me they feel more comfortable not useing PM's.Any views on this subject?















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#2 tg1911

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 07:18 AM

PM's can only be viewed by Grinler (Admin), but as he has stated to the Mods:

There is no access to PMs so dont worry about it. Technically I can see em if I need em, buts its a pain my ass and not worth the trouble.


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Posted 16 January 2007 - 09:00 AM

You shouldn't do anything on a computer that you are not expecting SOMEBODY might have access to it. Email is not secure and neither is a third party forum. I have no reason to doubt the truth of the admin but OTOH I've no reason to trust him either. And there are also hackers to consider as well.

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 11:28 AM

ANY use of the internet is a public matter, whether it is a list of sites you visit, the contents of an E-mail, or a record of a IM. Indeed, this also seems to apply to personal first class letters, bank transactions, or phone conversations.
Naturally, there is a record of any PM made here at BC; access to this record is strictly limited, and every attempt is made to keep it secure it from hackers or other Members. Our member's privacy is of great concern to BC:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/privacy.php

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 02:51 PM

ANY use of the internet is a public matter, whether it is a list of sites you visit, the contents of an E-mail, or a record of a IM. Indeed, this also seems to apply to personal first class letters, bank transactions, or phone conversations.
Naturally, there is a record of any PM made here at BC; access to this record is strictly limited, and every attempt is made to keep it secure it from hackers or other Members. Our member's privacy is of great concern to BC:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/privacy.php

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Thanks for the link John,much appreciated.I realise that the internet is in the public domain,was just wondering how much privacy is given to Private Messages.
The link you supplied goes some ways as to explaining it. :thumbsup:















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Posted 17 January 2007 - 01:09 PM

Thanks for the link John,much appreciated.I realise that the internet is in the public domain,was just wondering how much privacy is given to Private Messages.


The answer is a lot of privacy. I am the only one with access and that is by going directly into the database. It's a royal pain and is only done when I feel someone is abusing the site in some way or causing a problem to our members.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 10:34 PM

Thanks for the link John,much appreciated.I realise that the internet is in the public domain,was just wondering how much privacy is given to Private Messages.


The answer is a lot of privacy. I am the only one with access and that is by going directly into the database. It's a royal pain and is only done when I feel someone is abusing the site in some way or causing a problem to our members.

Thanks for responding,Grinler.I was hopeing the PM's were only accessed when absolutely important.
You have put my mind at ease and feel more comfortable useing PM's in the future. :thumbsup:


















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