On this site-- we use usernames, not our real names. There is a reason for that. I hope there are only a few people who via the admin rights have access to the "real" names and emails. Even when using my "real" name, I am so often confused with others with the same or similar name in my locality and region anyway, it's not funny... I always forward on the emails if possible, others tend to not do the same. My address and even city are obscured by listing only a general area; not a specific "town". So again, hard to find me. I never indicate my real birthyear plus birthdate when signing up for services. That would be downright stupid. Again, that helps to confuse. I don't think even FB has that; they ask for your birthday; not your year. Be sure to make your FB settings so that only friends, and possibly friends of friends, can see what you post. Identify theft is a more real threat now than my tiny house being broken into. In the past month I have had to "shut down" two cc's and I am sure it had nothing to do with what I posted online. Do people who have met me at a rally know a little more about me? Yes, but that is a small group and largely they are traceable. I do have to say I was really, really PO'd at Goodwill when I made a return this past weekend and they demanded my address AND ID AND CC number to make a refund. They said they were entering my address and phone # to their system GAAA i went ballistic, truly. I had the CC number and that's all they need! People committing fraudulent returns ask for cash or check; not refund to their own CC. To me, I almost walked out, since the potential future loss ie far greater than the $15 item (A hibachi grill, defective) I was returning. I am a very careful online participant. That is your real risk. Cc and identity theft. Study all your paper or emailed cc statements each month. I caught one with charges from a state I hadn't been in that month and called, right away, for credit. To me, on the part of a merchant when they admitted any employee/clerk could see those personal information items now I'm in the "system", that is downright irresponsible. If they want to steal my old furniture in my home, go ahead, is my view.