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Well, it's been fun(ish) . . . :)

 

My e-mail address is woefully out of date (had about 3 ISPs since I signed up), and TCM won't let me update it without providing private info I'm not going to put on a public forum.

 

So . . . when they do the big upgrade, I won't be able to log on.

 

I can't say I'll be gone forever (love the TCM Prog. Challenge a lot!) -- just until I figure out how to handle it (learned long ago providing a totally fake address isn't a good idea -- it can backfire).

 

Can't say I'm really surprised TCM is eager to make itself a target for identity thieves who hack into forums for names, addresses, and birthdays. The Time-Warner corporate mentality is showing up more and more.

 

I know I haven't been around much lately. There's a variety of reasons for that (including the way their corporate mentality led to blatant discrimination against people with disabilities (because I can't use a telephone, the site wouldn't let me submit a video for the fan programmer contest)).

 

But now I (or, at least, this username with its history) will disappear forever on April 1st.

 

Have fun, and Carry On! :)

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I just read all the stuff and updated my email. It was no big deal. In fact, I wanted to update my email a few years ago and couldn't, so it was good to be able to do it now. I didn't need to change anything else.

 

Hope it all works for the best. And Capuchin, if you do have to leave, please come back as Capuchin2, or at any rate identify yourself, so that we can transfer our considerable affection for you appropriately.

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And Capuchin, if you do have to leave, please come back as Capuchin2, or at any rate identify yourself, so that we can transfer our considerable affection for you appropriately.

 

And so we can put you on our multiple mailing lists. ;)

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Get a throwaway account at gmail.com that you use for the purpose of signing up for websites and things where they require an email address.

 

Make up a DOB. You can be perpetually 39 like Jack Benny.

 

Make up an address if you're worried about their knowing your zip code. You could always try

 

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington DC 20500

 

:-)

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I tried to edit my profile and the only required fields are the name and email which can be hidden. The email address should be no big deal.

 

Read the Account Update information here regard editing before April 1st

http://forums.tcm.com/ann.jspa?annID=61

Scroll down to *TIMING AND RE-REGISTERING (PLEASE READ).*

 

If you still have problems, ask the Web Administrator can he help you out. Don't call it quits just yet.

 

Edited by: hamradio on Mar 28, 2014 11:08 PM

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> jamesjazzguitar wrote:

> Strange. When did TCM ever put private info about a user on a public forum?

 

This is a public forum; some forums aren't open to the general public.

 

My concern isn't that TCM will publish the info they gather. I'm worried about hackers who target social media sites and public forums to gather personal info. (A Yahoo account hack is as valuable as a stolen credit card number.)

 

I've been told the techs didn't know the change required personal info and will try to change it before the deadline.

 

So, maybe, this is a tempest in a teapot.

 

Let's hope so!

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> ginnyfan wrote:

> I just changed my email to the one attached to my own website and I didn't change anything from what they already had when I signed up. Name, Address, DOB.

 

Yeah, that's what I'm talking about.

 

Identity thieves are getting smarter. Those 3 pieces of info help them considerably in creating a portfolio. You can call me paranoid (all together now, and remember to speak clearly, "You're Paranoid!"), but I've suffered from being too open in the past.

 

I'm told the fields were accidentally activated. Hopefully, it'll be resolved before the deadline.

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> Fedya wrote:

> Make up a DOB. You can be perpetually 39 like Jack Benny.

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> Make up an address if you're worried about their knowing your zip code.

 

One forum got hacked and checked log-ins against existing accounts. Since I didn't remember what I'd put in originally, I couldn't reclaim my username or a database I'd built up on the site.

 

Saying I'm a senior citizen (before I was) or lived in Mexico City had consequences.

 

Fortunately, requiring an address seems to be a bug they're working on.

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> hamradio wrote:

> I tried to edit my profile and the only required fields are the name and email which can be hidden. The email address should be no big deal.

 

I tried twice. Both times, it wouldn't let me change the e-mail addy if I didn't enter address and birthday.

 

Fortunately, it seems to be an undocumented feature, and they're working on it.

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Stop giving out info if it's not needed or find a way around it. I only gave 2 pieces of info and nothing else and even that's hidden.

 

Far as identity thieves targeting TCM.com, there is no economic incentive like credit card, social security numbers, etc. I'll never understand some people getting on social media sites like Facebook and telling all their life story.

 

I am on NO SOCIAL MEDIA sites. Use both a main router firewall, and XP's firewall. Have software security guarding my computer and Cookie Pal to manage cookies. Got a mini-router attached to this computer by which is turned off when not on the internet. I DO NOT employ an IP's email account and use a alpha numeral email address on an undisclosed site.

 

I delete unknown emails ( the very few I do get) and use unsubscribe features on emails I trust.

 

I do not send in warranty cards! Why on Earth does Black and Decker need to know if I own a house and what it's worth??

 

Tell businesses NOT to share information or I'm no longer a customer. My land line telephone is unlisted and a home automation interface answers the phone when i'm away. Got an anti- telemarketer device installed. NEVER use telephone memory built within the phone itself, instead external device that dials. When answering the phone, only hello is used. Hang up when required. Built my own anti-tapping device that tells me if there's ANY change to the phone line resistance which is monitored 24/7.- (don't ask, I won't share that.)

 

Any malfunctioned hard drive gets a sledge hammer treatment.

 

Edited by: hamradio on Mar 29, 2014 12:51 AM

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>Or tell them your birthday is January 1, 1900 (yes some goes back that far).

 

Yeah Ham, that's not a bad idea!

 

AND, the added benefit of that being that if on New Year's Day "The Today Show" 's Willard Scott ever wishes you a happy birthday, you'll KNOW your personal information has been hacked! ;)

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I still don't understand the problem -- feeling unusually dense this morning! I checked my account. It has the name, email, dob, city, and zip code I put in 8 years ago. I was glad finally to be able to change my email address. So, your issue is that you don't want to put in an email address that works? I assume whatever other information you entered is the info you put in when you joined in 2008, and that it's still there.

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> hamradio wrote:

> Far as identity thieves targeting TCM.com, there is no economic incentive like credit card, social security numbers, etc.

 

That's changed. Info for a Yahoo account is worth as much as a credit card number; Twitter accounts are worth a lot more.

 

http://www.zdnet.com/hackonomics-stolen-twitter-accounts-more-valuable-than-credit-cards-7000027730/

 

ID thieves are hacking into public forums to expand and corroborate info in users. So far it's small, but it's definitely growing.

 

If you want to spend money to be terrified, read the original Rand report.

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> Swithin wrote:

> I still don't understand the problem -- feeling unusually dense this morning! I checked my account. It has the name, email, dob, city, and zip code I put in 8 years ago. I was glad finally to be able to change my email address. So, your issue is that you don't want to put in an email address that works? I assume whatever other information you entered is the info you put in when you joined in 2008, and that it's still there.

 

When I signed up, I supplied my e-mail, state, and birthday. I'm okay with birthday because most site want to users to be over 18. As long as it isn't tied to anything else identifiable, it's only a random number. I entered my state because I must have been feeling generous that day and was willing to help with their demographics profiling.

 

The e-mail is out of date (several ISPs between then and now). It won't let me update it without linking my birthday to a specific name and address -- that's an identity thief's dream.

 

I've been told the requirement will change before the upgrade.

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