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Old 01-18-2009, 03:44 PM   #1
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Default I hope that there aren't that many threads like this but please don't do this

I was scanning through my kinzchat phone on WW the other day, and to my horror I saw a username that gave out personal information. This is not the actual username, but an example

march8nineteen95

If you have a username like this please contact ganz. I hope that they can change it for you!
REMEMBER: NEVER GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION!


Thanks for looking at this.

Oh, and i also saw a username like this (again, not the actually username)

sallysuesmith

(p.s. I am not a rep moocher, I just wanted to point this out)
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:47 PM   #2
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thats so bad my user name has my nickname in it but thats not bad
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:00 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, Ganz does not give you the option to correct your user name, unless its in direct conflict to their user agreement or contains offensive and vulgar wording. Once the account is created and used, there is very little that can be done to change it.
Everyone needs to be very careful when creating 'profile' names, because this can be an issue of giving out too much information.
The only suggestion I have, if caught EARLY enough, is to stop using the account in question and create a new account. In Webkinz, you do not necessarily get to use the KinzChat Plus feature unless you have a parents permission, so even though you've used something revealing as your profile name, it's hard to "give" the rest of the information. However, if you have an account here in WI... and are telling people your WW ID also, then you may be passing along a bit more info then is wise.
Thsi is a great reminder for all... and something I am sure not a lot of people think about when creating their accounts. Thanks for bringing it up.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:07 PM   #4
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I, sadly, see this to some.
For example: (not exact username)
megansm98
That shows first name, middle initial, last initial, and birth year.
Sure, it seems okay, but predators are smart.

Oh! And Mama Girl NH, if you feel your username is bad or in a way dangerous to you, you can change it. I won't post how because people would start using it as a free way to change.

And rep to you, elmoloveswebkins, for making an excellent thread with an excellent point!
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:13 PM   #5
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Oh! And Mama Girl NH, if you feel your username is bad or in a way dangerous to you, you can change it. I won't post how because people would start using it as a free way to change.
Oh my! I am learning something new today. I did not know that, StripesAndDots... I have never heard of somone being allowed to change the name. That's good info to know. Does someone need to contact Ganz to go about it? I'm not asking for the how's on doing it, just on what they should do if this is an issue for them. Thank you for bringing that information to light. I'm not sure how many people know that.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:15 PM   #6
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I have seen people put the year they were born (which isn't as bad but still dangerous) And i have heard that if it is serious like that that ganz will change it Mama Girl NH.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:37 PM   #7
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Some put names in it or numbers that seem like they would give out personal info but they don't. Kinda like my WW username.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:11 PM   #8
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You are right, those usernames are not safe.Thanks for bring this to everyones attention.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:45 PM   #9
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yeah, i saw that and i freaked out! i hope that they weren't trying to give out personal info...
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:34 PM   #10
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o great my bffs user is ggirl0208 it gives out here first letter of first name G shes a girl Girl

and 0208 is her b-day ugggh grace u did it AGIAN thanks alot too funny oh and her password tell me about it THINK ABOUT IT:acs:NEXT:abn:TIME:bas:MISSG
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