Are Online Name Generators Being Used To Steal Your Identity?

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Are Online Name Generators Being Used To Steal Your Identity?

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You’re bound to have seen them during your travels around the Internet: Name Generators. These widgets can be fairly humorous, especially if you’re bored or just sitting around with friends trying to come up with new nicknames for each other.

All sorts of generators have been created; here are just a few that a fast search on Google turned up:

The Pirate Name Generator – Here you can enter ‘yarrr name’ and find out what your mates would be calling you if you sailed the Spanish Main in search of gold doubloons, pieces of eight, rum and wenches. Example: Pirate Blaine the Off-White
Lord Of The Rings Name Generator – I know what you’re thinking: “What’s my Middle Earth name?”. With this one, you can select your race (hobbit, elf, dwarf or wizard) and then truly uncover your inner geek. Example: Merebo ‘Proudfoot’ Rumble of the Bree
Da Reggae Name Generator – Irie! This one is for all the Peter Tosh fans out there. Get your name, then stop washing your hair, light up a fat spliff, and you’re well on your way to world music superstardom. Example: General Ranks (Nice and ‘Reggae’, but hardly a Rumble of the Bree, is it?)
Vampire Name Generator – Bloodthirsty Twilight fans take note: you no longer have to wrack your little emo brains trying to come up with the awesomest names, like, ever. Just enter your real name into this baby and your resulting name will make you the envy of creatures of the night everywhere. As an added bonus, this indispensible tool not only gives you your vampire name, but lets you know another name you’re known by in some parts of the world, and assigns you character traits to live by. Example: Sorceress of The Ghastly, AKA Venus of Bats and Shadows, Slipping amongst the shadows, flitting between dark places, always quiet.
Pimp Name Generator – Every pimp worth his velvet suit knows that you can’t survive on the streets (not to mention keep yo’ hoes in line) without an infinitely cool, yet intimidating, moniker. Example: Treacherous R. Tickle

Hours and hours of fun, right? Sure! But there’s an ominous side to the world of these Name Generators. There are actually criminals out there who would use the harmless amusement of finding out your pirate name for their own diabolical purposes, so beware.

Usually, name generators ask you to enter just your first name, sometimes your surname too. There are those, however, that ask for your mother’s maiden name, place of birth, and/or other personal information. Now, I don’t know how you feel about it, but I’m not going to provide my mother’s maiden name to some anonymous site just to find out my Jedi Warrior name, and neither should you.

Any site that asks for such information should be immediately suspect and you should leave it immediately. Otherwise, you could end up with your identity stolen and nothing to show for it except your new name, Skinky Twaddlesnorz.

The Internet is a weird and wonderful place, but evil abounds, and common sense is key.

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