What's Your Short Name?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Tuned MP5T, May 22, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Did a search and didn't find anything, I'm just curious as to what names people have used.

    Mines is Anakin for Anakin Skywalker.
     
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    Platform

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    What has this got to do with Mac computers :confused: :confused:
     
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    AliensAreFuzzy

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    Your short user name
    Mines just Dan.
     
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    Oh Ok well it was a bit hard to understand that from his/her post ;)
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Yeah, I suppose 'tis a security risk.
     
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    yg17

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    My first name is Todd, so...
    Long name is "Todd"
    Short name is "todd"


    I'm creative, aren't I?
     
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    iMeowbot

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    My long Mac username is iMeowbot, short is imeowbot. I bet you'd never have guessed that in a bazillion years.
     
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    killuminati

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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Mine is lasseh, to match my user name at my University account and thus simplifying ssh to that account.
     
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    wrldwzrd89

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    Mine's the same as my username here (and just about everywhere else): wrldwzrd89. My long username is the long form of my username here: World Wizard 89.
     
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    5300cs

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    Sorry, could you all post your passwords .. and uhh, IP address too
     
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    yippy

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    My short name is kaia. That is my first name with the first letter of my last name tacked on the end.

    Opps, forgot to post my password and IP.

    My IP: 192. :rolleyes:
    and my password looks like this: ******** ;)
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Good password advice:
     

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    yellow

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    Seriously, why would you give people your short username?
     
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    mad jew

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    When you try to shorten mad jew you usually end up with something like maj or mew... I use neither of these.
     
  16. macrumors Core

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    mine is pretty dull, and i try to change it up whenever i re-install OS X
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Probably shudda been posted in community though, but hey :cool:

    andy.
     
  18. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Don't reply then if you don't want to then.
     
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    yellow

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    Actually no, as other have stated, I will reply and point out that your shortname is NOT something you should be giving out to anyone. It is simply one barrier in your line of protection from cracking/hacking.

    Freely giving this away in a Google-able forum is plain stupid.
     
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    Balin64

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    I am not as harsh in my criticism, but I second yours. It is not a good idea to place your account name on the internet.

    While the chances that someone will pluck it and try to hack your system is unlikely, why even introduce the miniscule chance that someone may try?

    Having said that, mine are normally variations of greek mythology characters.
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    I'm not particularly worried. Even if someone know my username, from googeling it here, they still have to gain access to my iBook, physically or by getting my IP. In the latter case they also has to get by my (default set) router, find my IP address internally in my LAN and guess my password.

    Given that my shortname is my first name and the initial of my last name it shouldn't be too hard to guess if you find my name (which should take you less than a minute).
     
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    Sorry didn't know it was that easy for someone to find out personal info.

    PLEASE CLOSED THIS THREAD !!
     
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    yellow

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    See, not necessarily..

    Some of us may (or may not) have seen that all too common brute force ssh attacks where random usernames are used and multiple guessed passwords attempted. What everyone is doing here is potentially giving the people that write these scripts KNOWN GOOD USERNAMES. I'm sure I don't need to elaborate too much on how this is a Bad Thing™. Yes, it is somewhat paranoid, but I attempt to protect my boxes that are attached to the world, does Joe Public, whose posted username is "joeyp"?
     
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    risc

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_engineering_(computer_security)
     
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    iMeowbot

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    Whatever you do, don't let anyone find out root's username!
     

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