Friday, 21 November 2008

I've been stolen


I received a comment from another blogger to a message I was purported to have placed on her blog. Except that the message was not mine. It linked back to my profile and blog but I did not send it.

Can anyone tell me how that is possible or what I can do to prevent it reoccurring? Is the solution as simple as changing a setting on Blogger?

I have security protection on my PC and hope this incident is not an indication of hacking or whatever.

7 comments:

  1. I forget what or where now Victor, but there is a way to place a comment and it shows as someone with a legitimate blog as having posted the comment, although they did not. If no one comes up with a simple answer, I will have a look back as someone mentioned it in my blog.

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  2. I think it depends on the blog. You can't do it using "Open ID" unless you are logged in , judging from an experiment I just carried out here. But if you were just being asked to nominate a web page and the web page you nominated was a blog page, I expect you could get away with it.

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  3. As with the other commentors before me, there really isn't anything to stop what I am picturing. If I wanted to, I could easily show that my blog address is your blog address if I were to comment of someone else's blog. Many times the "HTTP:" field is one that isn't used for security clearance, but just as a way to show, "Hey, here's where you can find my blog," type of field. So if I were to anonymously leave a message, couldn't I leave someone else's blog address? Let me see if I can do it here under this post. I'll say, "Testing your thought" under anonymous.

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  4. It didn't look like I could do it anonymously, but as you can see, I was able to do it under the "Name/URL option". And no that wasn't me who did it the first time on that other person's blog. Have a great weekend!

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  5. andrew, marcellous and afod (Steven) - thanks to all. I don't know why I didn't realise how obvious it was that using someone else's URL is so easy. I'm too honest for my own good sometimes.

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  6. It's a shame that being too honest for one's own good can be taken advantage of. :-(

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