“Home-depot wanted my birth date to make a purchase the other day. I told them I didnt know because I was adopted from a Czechoslovakian orphanage and there were no records. In the end, I gave them a phony date...”
Geez were you buying wine for your flowers?!
Thanks to warnings over a decade ago from a younger relative and his Stanford grad wife, we never do anything like that.
No Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Kohls and whatever ever credit card.
My nephew and his very smart wife told us that we have one maternal mother’s name, one birthdate and place, one first dog and other firsts. The more one uses these personal data, the easier we make it for the crooks. When I have to sign up, my mother’s maiden was Claus, and I was born 12/25/1900, my dog was Rudolf and similar stuff.
One friend only uses hot mail with the following addressee, John Doe (with several numbers after him).
Facebook, LinkedIn and similar sites are for the perpetually lonely and stupid.
“No Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Kohls and whatever ever credit card.”
I learned something recently. One of our IT employees was looking for a backpack at Target he wanted but wanted to pay cash instead. The Target customer service said to buy the target prepaid card and you can use it to buy from the site. He just changed his IP address from his laptop and he actually did buy it using the card. The bad part is the address where it’s going to..
I have standard fake data I use consistently — I can remember what I lied about and it is of no use to bg check me.
Agree with you about Facebook. Never realized so many people enjoyed giving themselves proctological exams for the voyeuristically inclined.
Disagree with you about LinkedIn, however. When used strategically and to your advantage, LinkedIn is great for business development purposes. That said, I never seek, nor post recommendations.