On Tue, Sep 06, 2005 at 01:30:51PM -0400, Luke Schierer wrote:
> As best I know, there is no way to prevent someone from searching the
> aim database by email address. Likely this his how your screennames
> were discovered, the stalker started from one that was an @aol
> address or from an email address obtained in some other manner, and
> did a simple search on it.
> the only way to prevent this is to register your screennames with
> separate email addresses.
As an addendum, realize that we here with gaim have no affiliation
with AOL, MSN, Yahoo, or any of the other service providers. We
simply provide a client that connects to their services. Such a
search as you describe below could just as easily have been done from
the official AIM program, or any number of other clients. This
really has nothing to do with gaim, and is not something we have any
> On Tue, Sep 06, 2005 at 09:50:56AM -0700, hdao@... wrote:
> > To the developers of GAIM:
> > I am not a gaim user, but I've been shocked as a message came to one of my
> > sns today (one which I generally don't use to send instant messages
> > regularly).
> > The point is, I know gaim is written in open source code so that users can
> > modify the code to their liking. If it is true, you need to do something
> > about this. I can't emphasize enough that I have a stalker out there who
> > I'd like to report, but that's not the issue I came to you about.
> > This is the main issue: it freaks me out that someone can track me down
> > and obtain every single screen names I use or used to have. Then the big
> > problem is that my privacy and security (as well as others) becomes at
> > stake.
> > With one sn alone, that person found 7 other screen names linked to my
> > account.
> > PinkieSwr
> > DoPeRz9o9
> > PinkieSwrH
> > pensiv05
> > Vncrstn
> > CCLoLem
> > cogitatoe
> > Please let me know what I can do to prevent people from actively searching
> > for sns linked to my main account. I just wanted to bring to your
> > attention that this issue bothers me immensely and wonder if it should be
> > addressed before more serious problems arise. Thank you for your time and
> > help.
> > -concerned.
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