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Cyber Tips – Privacy – Intro

When we, in Jamaica, first entered Cyberspace, the number of computer literate people would fit in a small minivan.  

We knew each other, but used Nick Names online.  Maybe it was a hacker mentality, maybe it was just fun; but from Airdog to Forge to Sadam Sysop,  we used Nicks.  When we met, we called each other by the Nicks.

Women who joined BBS would get a lot of lyricsing… (a polite way of saying being hit on) so using the name Worf seemed smarter than Deanna.  Most  women used male or non-gender nicks.

There was a hacking on a BBS (Bulletin Board Server) in which a kid figured out the passwords of others.  In those days, people went for the easy ones; 1234, or ABCD, or Bank used by Banker or whatever.

This taught us to go for the unintuitive;  So Banker changed his password from Bank to B@n@n@.

When we entered the great Internet, we came with the ‘baggage’ of using Nicks, disguising our sex, nationality, age, etc. to protect ourselves from those who lurked.

What do you think?

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Written by jaylar

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