Email signature as an image
Once, some time ago, I sent an email to what I thought was a private tech support email address. Their idea of tech support? Post online all emails sent to them, including the email signature, SAVED EMAIL HEADER WITH ALL OF MY IP AND TRACING INFO, my real name, phone number, website, and my email address.
It took me a year to try to reverse that mistake.
Because there are crappy websites out there, that copy and redisplay information from other websites, just to profit from advertising revenue.
And that's why it is near to impossible to contain something once it is posted online.
Now the original posting website was very helpful in deleting the post. But by that time, several others have copied it.
One was a respectable website, but they asked for "proof that the original website deleted the post". As if I HAD NO RIGHT TO DELETE IT JUST FROM THEIRS.
Second was a complete trash website, that did not display any contact information, and me trying just about any address resulted in no response. Thankfully, they folded and that solved the problem.
Two others afterwards have been compliant and deleted my data as well.
First question: as I had the original post deleted some time ago, how can crappy websites still repost it? Is it because Geegle just picked them, or because they are reposting some kind of backup version of original website's database?
Second question: Why would a respectable website allow any reposting of their data in the first place? What value can crappy websites have at all if there is absolutely no ability to respond to posts online, etc?
Third question: why does Geegle save data for more than two years, when even the websites no longer exist? How can they say they will punish a website for going down for a bit, or having links broken, if they save their own junk data for years, when it is REALLY OBVIOUS THAT THE WEBSITE HAS NOT EXISTED FOR A LONG TIME SINCE.
What are the solutions: 1) Never post your real name online.
2) Never give your real name for any profiles. MANY IDIOTIC WEBSITES ARE HAPPY TO SHOW YOUR REAL NAME FROM YOUR PROFILE PUBLICLY, WITHOUT ASKING YOU FIRST.
3) USE AN IMAGE IN YOUR EMAIL SIGNATURE. MY EMAIL SIGNATURE IS AN IMAGE HOSTED ON MY WEBSITE. IF I NEED TO PULL THAT EMAIL SIGNATURE, I DELETE THE FILE, AND HOPE THAT IT WAS SAVED AS JUST A LINK, AND NOT A COPY OF THE IMAGE.