01-18-2013 06:42 AM
I would recommend to everyone using free networking tools...and yes forums too.
Use a special hotmail address fir the purpose, not your "main" address. If possible delete it after validation.
Don't use your real name.
Don't put in your real date of birth.
Don't put in a profile.
That way if details are "shared" with the rest of the world, whether for altruistic or revenue/profit reasons you are safe.
This is particularly relevant where security settings are weak or missing.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. Stay anonymous, stay safe.