I like having a picture of projects I've done. To compensate I've posted my full name.
There's a lot of truth in Sasquatch's post. I haven't been hit yet, so maybe I'm - what's the word - dumb.I'm a bit late to this discussion, but I want to add my two cents anyway.
I am in the camp that says the less personal stuff provided here the better. I have managed forums, websites, and databases for many different organizations. In one case, the org wanted as much granularity about our traffic as possible. This was a small Ontario only group of retirees. 98% of the web traffic was from countries like Russia, China, Malaysia, Africa, India, and the middle East. That's total traffic, not just visitors. Why do they need our info? It sure isn't curiosity!
My mother was scammed out of thousands of dollars recently. We are virtually certain that she was targeted through her use of social media. They knew way too much about her.
As much as we can all quote problems we have seen. You ain't seen nothing yet! Viral software has already penetrated more computers and servers than we know of. Your own computer might be busy hacking your banking info, or your access to your employers system. Ransomware is rampant and a growing threat. Even the pros can't stop them.
Organized crime groups are giving away the software tools to crooks around the world to hack your computer to hold you and your data ransom. They do this to get a cut of the proceeds. Their agents don't need to be expert hackers. They just need to join the organization group and get a kit.
I prefer anonymity and I'm very careful about what info I give to who. Is that good enough? Probably not. But I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
A small comment about trusting Lee Valley. I do. They are a great company. But they are also a big vulnerable company. These Ransomware outfits can EASILY hack their system and get YOUR info no matter what Lee Valley's intentions are. Then what?
My own info as well as my favorite passwords are all on the dark web right now. Linked-In, the Ontario Life-Labs testing org, the major credit rating organization, and numerous other major organizations have all been hacked, and my own data was stolen and posted on the dark web for any and all crooks to use. I've changed most of my passwords since then and I've completely revised my password system so none are duplicated anywhere and none are simple.
Nonetheless, I continue to get a steady stream of emails, phone calls, and even snail mail demanding that I pay to get my data back or some similar crime.
CRA and the RCMP are also using the dark web and social media for their own purposes. None of which any of us would like... .
Ya, you ain't seen nuthin yet...... But you soon will. Of that I am certain.
What scare me more now is the new cart you just need to tap it .