Calling Mark Twain: Pseudonyms on G+

If you want to hide behind a fake name, don’t count on Google+ to be your “phony me” social network. As Threatpost has reported, the new social network doesn’t truck with fake identities – a position that’s quite similar to the one taken by Facebook. The company has also taken a hard stand on groups, like the hacking collective Anonymous, that hoped to use Google+ to reach people.

If you want to hide behind a fake name, don’t count on Google+ to be your “phony me” social network. As Threatpost has reported, the new social network doesn’t truck with fake identities – a position that’s quite similar to the one taken by Facebook. The company has also taken a hard stand on groups, like the hacking collective Anonymous, that hoped to use Google+ to reach people. As with Facebook, however, there are ways around Google’s ban on pseudonyms. Google will allow you to use pen names or professional names (like 50 Cent) if that’s what you go by in daily life. And, with millions of users, a credible pseudonym or online handle (no dead presidents, people!) coupled with a valid e-mail (or, better yet, gmail) account and some other verifiable online assets will likely fool Google’s identity police, even if it does violate the company’s Community Standards – as long as you stay below the radar.

(Photo via United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division)

Suggested articles

2020 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch

Mobile becomes a prime phishing attack vector, hackers will increasingly employ machine learning in attacks and cloud will increasingly be seen as fertile ground for compromise.

Top Mobile Security Stories of 2019

Cybercrime increasingly went mobile in 2019, with everything from Apple iPhone jailbreaks and rogue Android apps to 5G and mobile-first phishing dominating the news coverage. Here are Threatpost’s Top 10 mobile security stories of 2019.

Discussion

Subscribe to our newsletter, Threatpost Today!

Get the latest breaking news delivered daily to your inbox.