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    Yahoo Messenger ?

    I have a question, is there anyway to find out who a person really is just by using their ym screen name? I know this might not be the correct topic or maybe even board but I though id go ahead and ask anyways.. if this is inappropriate thats alright

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    it depends on how you want to find out

    - don't know exactly about yahoo, but normally every messenger programm gives you the possibility to upload personal information you want to share with others. if the user has put his/her name and address, then here you go. if not, he/she probably wanted to stay anonymous, and i guess you'll have to respect that.

    - if you are a hacker, you could try and trace the user's IP and that kind of stuff (like the police does to find out who's chatting in children pornography forums and all that). this would be, from a private person like you and me, an unacceptable violation of the user's privacy. you surely won't find any help in this forum if that's what you're looking for.
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    yeah i figured that

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    You can't find out who someone is just by their screen name. Screen names are a way of protecting your identity if you wish that who you are isn't released to many people. Like me, my MSNM is "Jamie Rees"..and my email address is "jamie(at)jamierees.co.uk". I could have my screen name as "Dave" and my email address as "whothehellami(at)hotmail.com" and no one on my contact list would know who I am without me telling them...
    Last edited by JamieR; 01-16-2006 at 10:39 AM.


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