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From: "Diana Gale Matthiesen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] anonymity (was call to...)
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 20:26:55 -0500
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Which is why I *never* give my mother's real maiden name for security purposes.
I invented a phony name and use it, instead.

The banks/etc. are not checking on whether the name you give them is true. I
even tell them it's not her real name. What they want you to use is something
you cannot possibly forget. Mother's maiden name was always a very insecure
security word. It's much too easy to find out.

The next time you're asked for your mother's maiden name where you've already
used it, tell them you want to change it, and why. When I made the conversion,
there wasn't one case where the bank/etc. objected. I usually used the line,
"My hobby is genealogy, and my mother's maiden name is plastered all over the
internet." They immediately complied with the request for the change.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Sue J
> Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 2:59 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [DNA] anonymity (was call to...)
> They want to remain anonymous so the name of their mother
> is not listed. Mother's name is used very often for identification
> with banks and other places. They are thinking of identity theft.
> Sue
> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Diana Gale Matthiesen
> Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 11:41 AM
> To:
> Subject: [DNA] anonymity (was call to...)
> Doug,
> This has nothing to do with test subject anonymity, which is
> FTDNA policy, so I respect it. Typically, in my projects, the
> test subject and his father are privatized, with the grandfather
> and earlier ancestors public.
> As an aside, does anyone realize how ridiculous anonymity is?

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