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      • #2300945
        woody
        Manager

        Ax Sharma at BleepingComputer published an article that shows how a sufficiently motivate cracker can scan all of the entries at Gravatar.com and pick
        [See the full post at: If you have an avatar (a picture) here on AskWoody, make sure Gravatar doesn’t have any personal data]

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      • #2300995
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Except for ‘display name’ all fields in my profile are blank.

      • #2301016
        NaNoNyMouse
        AskWoody Lounger

        Nothing there (or here) that would identify me as a rl person

      • #2301018
        CADesertRat
        AskWoody Plus

        I couldn’t login to the gravatar site, I had to log in to the WordPress site to see my info. Evidently it links my avatar to gravatar. and there is no info there in my WordPress account other than a first name and email address and an avatar linked to Ask Woody site.

        Is that a problem???

        Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
        All Win 10 Pro at 20H2 (2 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

        • #2301020
          anonymous
          Guest

          Wandering Wolf ring any bells?
          It’s that easy as well as your email address and name

          Edit: to remove HTML 🙂

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          • #2301043

            OK, I consider any of my email addresses and/or my name to be private info. That’s why I have this silly username. (In one of my past careers/lives I was a Buyer-try THAT; being in the middle of those that want it [and think their project is the only one in the company] and those that have it-or, say they have it….oh, boy, it really was like being NTDBD!)

            Um, no Gravitar for me. Like I said elsewhere, (before I knew of this thread), sometimes “Less is more.”

            Wish this site DID have an Avatar bin, but with so many users…ow.

            Win7 Pro SP1 64-bit ESU, Dell Latitude E6330, Intel CORE i5 "Ivy Bridge", 12GB RAM, Group "0Patch", Multiple Air-Gapped backup drives in different locations. Linux Mint Greenhorn
            --
            "Civilization is fun! Anyway, it sure keeps me busy["

            -Zippy

          • #2301054
            CADesertRat
            AskWoody Plus

            Wandering Wolf ring any bells?

            Nope, and just to add, the first name is a nickname I made up.

            Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
            All Win 10 Pro at 20H2 (2 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

            • This reply was modified 7 months, 1 week ago by CADesertRat.
      • #2301023
        dph853
        AskWoody Plus

        Since there is no way no add an avatar to askwoody directly (at least no way I can find), and I do not have an avatar displayed and I have no gravatar account I assume this has nothing to do with me at all.

        • #2301024
          Microfix
          AskWoody MVP

          Correct, if you do not have a Gravatar account, there is nothing to check over or be concenrned about.
          The default avatars (grey ones) have nothing to refer back to at all they are just default avatars.

          W10, the itch you simply cannot scratch!
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      • #2301082
        Michael Austin
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks for the heads-up. My Gravatar profile is clean enough becasue ever since I set it up (11 years ago) I’d given only information on their site’s systems which is publicly available about me. I first started using Gravatar when my son turned me onto WordPress, which I used for my first talk show, Blue Planet Almanac.

        Finance, social and tech founder. Co-founder of a global, gamified, crowd-sourced ESG advertising platform, and managing director of new crowd sourced games, both in pre-release development. My planet-wide talk show for people craving new stories by which to live is Casual Saints.
      • #2301110
        Berserker79
        AskWoody Lounger

        Maybe it’s a silly question, but I suppose that if I don’t have a gravatar account then there is nothing I should be concerned about, is that right?

        BTW, while we are talking about avatars: I can’t see find anywhere on askwoody a way to remove/replace the avatar picture. I seem to recall that an avatar could be selected when I signed up for the account, but can anyone confirm that once we pick a picture (or no picture at all) then that’s the end of it?

        • #2301126
          woody
          Manager

          You can change your avatar picture any time by going to gravatar.com

          (That’s how you originally set up your current avatar.)

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          • #2301129
            Berserker79
            AskWoody Lounger

            Thanks woody. To be honest I can’t recall ever hearing about gravatar.com before reading this blogpost nor visiting the place. I can’t find any password or login information for logging on gravatar and that’s really confusing me, since I usually keep a careful track of what websites I register an account with and the related login details…

            • #2301132
              Paul T
              AskWoody MVP

              Try the “lost password” link on Gravatar. The email may be the one you use for Woody.

              cheers, Paul

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              • #2301134
                Berserker79
                AskWoody Lounger

                That did the trick, thank you so much Paul! Turns out I had registered a WordPress account ages ago with the same email I use on askwoody, which explains why I had no recollection of visiting or registering on gravatar.

                Sorry if this goes a little OT, but I was wondering: what if I close down my WordPress account entirely? Will this somehow affect my account on askwoody beyond losing my avatar (which I don’t care much about?

      • #2302013
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Will this somehow affect my account on askwoody

        Nope, your AskWoody account is on AskWoody only.

        But we will lose your nice avatar.  🙂

        cheers, Paul

        • This reply was modified 7 months, 1 week ago by Paul T.
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