Today I am incredibly disappointed with chosen ignorance. I am disappointed in people who choose to shoot the messenger rather than realize that their assumptions about security have been incorrect and I am disappointed in community leaders who continue to willfully mislead their site’s users into a disastrous sense of security.
If you can not afford to be outed you can not afford to use Fetlife. Not today, but also not yesterday or last year. The site offers no security, which Fetlife should have informed you of more clearly.
Anyone assuming that anything they post here is private is fooling themselves. It may be harder to get to, but all it takes is one compromised trusted account (a “friend”) one time, and your “private” stuff may become available forever. Not me being a dick, just simple computer security truth.
Or as EvilSeraph put a little more emphatically in response to another comment:
“However, I don’t expect a site who usually has to be logged into to see to be out there for the world to see. Distinct difference.”
No, there isn’t. You can’t even be considered naive, since you are apparently aware that anything you put up here is, in fact, freely and publicly available. You are, IMNSHO
A FUCKING MORON
and deserve whatever approbation, embarrassment or other difficulties caused by your revealing sensitive details
ON A FUCKING PUBLIC SITE
Fetlife lacks security. This isn’t news. To anyone. WoD explains it as follows:
This is a NON-ISSUE
It is not reasonable nor proper for that guy to setup a proxy to do that, but its not a major security hole. Certainly nothing that should cause anyone to suddenly remove face pictures.
Because anyone can already gain access to all this content by merely creating an account (real or fake). No verification that the person is a “real/true” kinkster occurs. Its just like every other Internet site, you simply sign up and get access. Sign up and presto, you have an empty account that grants you access to all public FetLife content. The same information that proxy provides access to.
In fact, signing up for a new account (be it real, fake, sock puppet or whatever) would probably be easier than trying to use the proxy.
So, really, this proxy changes nothing.
WoD is almost right. A proxy changes nothing in the actual tangible security of your information, but it does force you to face the truth. A problem that some Fetlife users seem to be dealing with by taping their blinders firmly in place. John Baku for his part having recently spoken to his own breach of community mores took this opportunity to assure users that the proxy has been blocked, but did not for a moment address the actual concerns around privacy on Fetlife. Far be it for Fetlife to disabuse users of their idea of utopian secret garden on the World Wide Web, that would create a breakdown in the blind trust users seem to put into the site. It would also be ethical.