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When you join a new " social networking site " that is asking for your home address before you can become a member, how can you be sure this information will not be used inappropriatly?

Asked by life_after_2012 (1205points) February 6th, 2010

The reason i ask is because i found a pretty cool that showcases works of art for free. They showcase every form of art from music, paintings, sculpture and so on. I make music and i love to draw, im just worried about bieng solicited in the future or worst.

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Spinel's avatar

Here’s one option: When this happens, open a new tab and do a google search with the following. Type the name of the site in question and then type the word review after it (e.g review). Select the review your gut likes the most. A review will, of course, tell you if the site is legit or not.

life_after_2012's avatar

@Spinel Thank you very much.

Spinel's avatar

Macafee says the site is safe.

From the Alexa stats, it looks to be a healthy, established website.

life_after_2012's avatar

@Spinel Your awesome! thanx again

scotsbloke's avatar

If in doubt…...........You could always give a false address?
Or change a detail in it so you won’t get spammed with actual mail (Is “actual” letters, unsolicited, called spam?)
If you don’t want to give a false address you can set up a P.O. box or something?

Sarcasm's avatar

I’ve never joined a social network that’s required my home address. If I came across one, I wouldn’t trust it. There are plenty of other fish in the sea.

ragingloli's avatar

By entering false information.

marinelife's avatar

You could check their privacy policy, which should be accessible from their site.

Lightlyseared's avatar

You can’t. Even if they are legit you can’t be sure they won’t store the data in a plaintext data base

life_after_2012's avatar

@Lightlyseared that you for posting that link.

UScitizen's avatar

You can’t.

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