Net privacy: Avoiding bad *credit*

Trish Grier has a good post on the roach motel quality of lots of social networks (you can get in but you can’t get out) that less directly touches on a problem I’ve been thinking about lately–how do you keep track of all those social network, job, music, and photo sharing sites where you set up accounts back in the day–and now don’t use and can’t remember?
Seems to me that from a privacy perspective having too many old, unused accounts and related log-ins spread around the net is bad for your Internet security, aka privacy protection. To me, it’s more optimal to have awareness and control of the X number of accounts you actively use, and to delete the rest.
But who actually does that? Not enough of us, truly.

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  1. zak says:

    I have a FOUR PAGE, 2 column word document with all my username/password combos across every site that has ever required me to provide one (whether shopping, job hunting, or social networking, etc). It is overwhelming.
    Unfrotunately, it’s really time intensive to close accounts, because you frequently have to start a dialogue with customer service

  2. Viviane says:

    Great post – thanks for linking to Trish.
    I keep all my logins in a login app on my Palm.
    I also use a consistent login name. I also have a Google alert set up for it. And occasionally I’ll google that login name to see if I turn anything up.

  3. tish grier says:

    hey Susan! thanks for the link!
    Believe it or not, I keep an old-fashioned index card file of everything I register for–urls, screen names, etc.–because I will use multiple names and passwords. It’s the only way I’ve been able to keep track of things (it’s the way I used to keep track of my voluminous collection of 45 rpms as well) But, as I get older, I’m getting wiser, and being very selective as to what I sign up for.
    I don’t know if Open ID is the answer, or Just Say No.

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