In this not so brave, not so trusting, not so trustworthy new world of devolving checks and balances to Amercian Democracy, Microsoft has ginned up a new deal for the email users who don’t want to be known as human beings.
How-To Use Outlook.com’s aliases to hide your true email address from prying eyes, by Ian Paul, PCWorld, February 7, 2014
Paul says hard-to-guess alias(es) can be created in Outlook that make it more difficult for hackers to get to online accounts. The article goes on. Does it also give bots and trolls easier access for the next round of hacking through social media in it’s many permutations? With the 2018 elections merely 9 months away, and no sign of Congress fixing the wormholes in our electoral system, it is not farfetched to look closely at a system of aliases, whose effects could very well be far reaching.
Dancing Forward has many followers within the WordPress blogosphere. It also has anonymous visitors who take a look/see when the blog visual or text fragment included in the Facebook posting is appealing. Subscribers who choose to receive the latest posting by email have numbered 5 since the blog began in 2016. Subscribing does not require a name, only a working email address. Suddenly, within the past couple of days this list of email followers has increased by 4—all with aliased email addresses resembling foreign passwords rather than persons. Tonight 3 more alias subscribers have appeared…tomorrow could bring 2 or 3 more. I do not know where they are coming from, or why the sudden interest in this blog by a person or persons, using the outlook.com domain server and extension. I am concerned and becoming annoyed.
I have never seen outlook aliases before and I cannot shake the uneasiness I feel. I would like to welcome new followers, but I don’t get to know if it’s one person with several aliases or several aliased persons. I don’t get to know if the alias hides a troll or a bot. I don’t get to know anything at all, but they get to know a whole lot about me—personally and politically—that can be used benevolently or malevolently.
Of course, my blog is public and to some extent I am public. But there’s something askew about the incognito factor, since this blog is a personal sharing journal about life as an aging person in a rapidly changing, devolving world—life as I see it and live it.
Before I remove these alias subscribers, they will receive an email version of this posting. I invite them to share their interest in this blog in the Contact form at the top of the Home page, or to leave a comment to this posting on the blog. Make yourself or selves known.
What a world this is!