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Author: patmckinney

Joined: 3/11/2010
Posts: 79
GCT Trips Taken: 10
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

29 countries

Traveler Since: 2009

August 11, 2013

I see many photos of people on different forums which appear to have their actual photo displayed.

It's a terrible day and age we live in, but I wonder if it would be better if one provided less clues to your identity on public websites including photos.


Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 724
GCT Trips Taken: 14
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Antarctica, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

August 11, 2013

 I think that the benefits of being able to put a face with a nickname outweigh the risk of recognition, unless you are on the run or in witness protection or have some some other serious reason to need to be anonymous. To be able to recognize someone you have traveled with or meeting someone that you have corresponed with, in the past, on a future trip adds to the enjoyment. The litte lthumbnails also lack the detail for serious facial recognition. Posting hi-rez photos of a trip poses a greater danger, particularly on high volume sites such as picasaweb, etc. I think that it is bordering on paranoia to be too concerned.

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,057
GCT Trips Taken: 11
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England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

August 11, 2013

I don't put my picture on my posts, because I take terrible ones and the less exposure they get, the better.  However, I agree with Nanaandpapa.  These pictures don't give much out information.  What does give out really sensitive information are those posts that tell what dates a person will be away from home and enough information about where they live that would enable a determined thief to find out exactly where that home is.

Looking at that picture of Jack and Ann in India, I wouldn't be able to identify them.

Author: luvtravelin

Joined: 7/14/2010
Posts: 40
GCT Trips Taken: 6
OAT Trips Taken: 23
Traveler Since: 2001

August 11, 2013

I have to agree with the OP.  That is why there is a generic picture on our profile.  One can never be to careful in this day and age.

Author: janice.

Joined: 3/18/2010
Posts: 371
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 1999

August 11, 2013

Pauline wrote "Looking at that picture of Jack and Ann in India, I wouldn't be able to identify them." If you enlarged the photo (which is very easy to do on a touch screen), I think you would. Personally, I don't want to see my face every time one of my posts appears so I've chosen not to use a picture of myself. How much you value your privacy on the internet is really an individual decision.

Author: captainlarry

Joined: 4/24/2010
Posts: 549
GCT Trips Taken: 10
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2002

August 11, 2013

I have an actual photograph on many forums (fora?) but for some reason I just felt like putting the US Navy seal here. I'm proud of my service in the Navy and of my rank of Captain. so it all ties together. But I also do not worry about being recognized by anyone who is reading or posting on a forum. It actually happened in Torremolinos. A lady with whom I had been communicating on Virtual Tourist recognized me in a Super Mercado. Actually, she recognized my First Mate before she saw me.

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