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Revealing your identity

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by carrerascott, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. carrerascott

    carrerascott FUEL FTR

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    #1 carrerascott, Feb 25, 2014
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    I made this quick animated GIF in case you want to show people what you see on your smartphone. :)
     
  2. jak

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    You do realize with this image, we now know where you live.
     
  3. carrerascott

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    How? No street names etc. Maybe if you visually search Google maps?

     
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    Ahhhh I missed it
     
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    I'll make a new one, away from home. ;) Still don't think there was any way to actually find where I live though.
     
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    I thought the same thing.... But then I figured " he probably wouldn't have posted it if it was his house".... Guess I was wrong.

    i certainly wasnt going to take the time to try to figure it put though.
     
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    Don't know how you could have figured it out without searching every square inch of Virginia via Google Maps?
     
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    It wasn't too hard and required some effort, but only took me 5 minutes. Here's how:

    First, the biggest clue is the main street name at the very first few frames of your gif. That there is a total giveaway.
    The next biggest clue we have is your Location: right below your avatar.
    Punch that street name, city, state right into google.
    Click on Maps.
    Given the orientation of that main road and the shape of the lake in your animate gif, just scroll to the right along the road since there wasn't much road to the left and then hey!, that vector graphic of the lake looks like the one in the animated gif.
    Now click on the Earth icon on the bottom left of the map to switch to satellite view and there you are.

    With a little more digging, I can find out more about you all thru the magic of Google. Most people don't realize all the mistakes they make online: Using the same passwords, handles, avatars/pictures everywhere, the posts they make, etc. The online age has made it very easy to be creepy. The trick is to use obfuscation.
     
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    Mod Note: thread title changed and thread moved to OT, it went off topic way too fast.
     
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    Ok, now that it is off topic.

    I feel compelled to warn anyone looking for people's address in Virginia that a good number of Virginians are armed...... Best not to go looking for trouble :)
     
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    PA too :)

    Though I'm guessing most folks that would do that are looking for soft trouble. i.e. fraud.
     
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    True. I am. :)

     
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    Neat! We need to go shooting the next time I'm in your neck of the woods.
     

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