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Even a good site can be insecure

It’s a long story but I ended up at doba.com through Guy Kawasaki’s LinkedIn profile. I liked the concept and was about to register for the affiliate program. Then, I noticed that the registration form, which requires SSN/Tax ID, has to be submitted over http and not https. That’s when I gave up. Thing is, even a popular website (this site has an alexa rank of 5,901 as of this writing) can be insecure.

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Online Age Verification No Rocket Science?

No pun intended, but I saw

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said of the proposition, ‘If we can put a man on the moon, we can verify age on the Internet,’ but quickly followed with the acknowledgment that there is no foolproof method.”

at http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/07/03/10/0045256.shtml

The question is not whether something is technically/programatically possible but whether the people registering want to do give away their true age? I am usually concerned about security (to the extent that I didn’t bother to buy off of a deal from BestBuy as they want the birthdate with an explanation that it’s required to comply with some 18yr old law. Which, BTW, I don’t understand why it can’t be done by as well asking a simple question like “how old are you”. Or better yet, just say, “are you born before so and so date?” is more than enough). With all the identity thefts and large companies losing backup data during transfers etc (today I heard on radio that even the govt lost some private data of people posted along the mexico border), why would end users really give away their birthday to websites?

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