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“Real” names on Google +: why it’s bad for security
Categories: rants, thoughts

So, I just saw a really good point brought up by a user known as “Poco Yo” on Google +, with respect to being banned by Google+ for using a “fake” name.

If someone uses Google checkout, then they must verify their identity using a credit card – Checkout does not use Paypal, last I checked, and even if it did, Paypal has its own verification service.

So, I have to wonder, with Google touting that + is an “identity service”, and saying that a “fake” name is reason for getting kicked off of +, and perhaps off other services, why is it that they base so much on the NAME, when a large percentage of us have ALREADY verified our identities with our credit cards?  You have all the information you need about me, Google, with that.  I WILL NOT give you a driver’s license, birth certificate, or other bit of personal information, considering you can’t give me a viable outlook on what your data retention policy is – which means that its forever, IMHO.

And by the way, Google; in the case that we have used our credit card with you, then in actuality, you’re OPENING security holes by requiring that people use their real names here, or on any other service.  Let me explain;

Let’s look at other online shopping sites, such as ebay, one of the oldest online shopping sites on the Internet.  While Paypal stepped up as a third party service to facilitate online payments via ebay, there has never been a policy to use one’s real name on ebay as one’s username, nor is there on Paypal, and a very little amount of people do use their real name, as such. Why?  Because it’s bad security practice. Requiring that one use one’s real name on ebay, or Amazon, or another shopping site online, opens security holes, FAST.  Some social engineering could net many, many credit card numbers and logins, without even trying, because you’d already have someone’s real name. Phone trees are easy to manipulate, and so are phone reps.

So there’s another reason that your nym policy sucks, Google; SECURITY.  Shouldn’t you care about that?  Or are you going to tell us that user security is higher than ever these days?  Maybe you can get Sony to chime in on that one, right?


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