Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.

Lessons Burned

Three months ago I found myself at another impasse where you need decide to just let it all go and move on. My hosting provider – that up until that point had reliably allowed me to maintain my anonymity – suddenly requested that I verify my identity (for some random definition of identity in this case). There were a couple of ways to do this, and to be honest, it was something very easy to bypass. The point was that the provider suddenly did not enjoy my company.

What was interesting (see distressing) was this occurred synchronously with two of my email addresses being suddenly blocked requiring that I now log in through what they considered a “trusted IP”. These were two email accounts that had never, ever, touched eachother (never shared contacts, never same IP, randomized timezones). They were from the same provider which could possibly reflect a change in policy for everyone.

Burn and Move

Overly paranoid, long story, short, I wiped it all and moved on. In this case it was nice that they left my old site up for me to clone off. My assumption is that it will soon be taken down. And if they’re reading this, they can feel free to do so. :)

New Perspectives

The set back was one of the first times that I honestly felt it was 100% necessary to burn and move on. Other times it wasn’t mandatory but made sense at that point of the operation. Uncertainty is a decent motivator to review a few of my operational decisions. In the near future, I’d like to share my current perspectives on:

  • Email addresses
  • Hosting providers
  • Anonymous messaging

These three are for many, the building blocks of all identities and extra care (which I thought I had given) should be taken. Until then, I’ve imported my previous posts.