What's Your Short Name?

Tuned MP5T

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Nov 6, 2004
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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.
 

iMeowbot

macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
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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.
 

wrldwzrd89

macrumors G5
Jun 6, 2003
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Solon, OH
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.
 

yippy

macrumors 68020
Mar 14, 2004
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Chicago, IL
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: ******** ;)
 

yellow

Moderator emeritus
Oct 21, 2003
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Portland, OR
Tuned MP5T said:
Don't reply then if you don't want to then.
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.
 

Balin64

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Jul 23, 2002
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In a Mauve Dream
yellow said:
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.
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.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Mar 10, 2004
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Bergen, Norway
yellow said:
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.
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).
 

yellow

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Oct 21, 2003
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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
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.
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"?