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PSA: Paypal.me custom URLs now exist

Discussion in 'SteamRep General Discussion' started by Salmon, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. Salmon

    Salmon Caution on SteamRep

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    Grab them while you can, the good ones are going fast.

    A certain troublesome someone (cough @| LZ | Gentleman cough) already took the /valve url.
  2. a Gentleman

    a Gentleman SteamRep Moderator Partner Community Donator - Tier V

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  3. Salmon

    Salmon Caution on SteamRep

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    And before SilentReaper comes and reminds us, yes, paypal is junk, but sadly there are very few good alternatives besides bitcoin and there's a lot of inertia against taking that up.
  4. Enstage

    Enstage SteamRep Admin Partner Community Donator - Tier V

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    PayPal really is junk, I just set mine up, paypal.me/enstage and now it shows my full name, suburb and city. 1 day of having this page enabled and a simple Google search for "enstage" will return all my details.
  5. Salmon

    Salmon Caution on SteamRep

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    Google tailors results for you, due to Enstage being a relatively common word it's hard to find without guessing.

    Mine is /mogul, got it on a whim seeing that word was still free. All of that info is publicly known info about me, all but my last name is displayed on my steam profile.
  6. Enstage

    Enstage SteamRep Admin Partner Community Donator - Tier V

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    It still makes it much easier lol

    I'm not risking it.
  7. Skyrider

    Skyrider Retired Staff Partner Community

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    Created & disabled mine. Just to hide my info. Skyrider is now taken though. MINE..
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  8. SilentReaper(SR)

    SilentReaper(SR) Retired Staff

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    Strangely enough, I personally wouldn't want it. And lol on the /valve one. That alone is already a huge pointer it will be abused by people with "legit" looking names. And as these URL's get indexed by google, you can simply google with "site:paypal.me/" and get a nice list of urls etc to dig thru.

    /edit: created mine and disabled it too.
  9. Enstage

    Enstage SteamRep Admin Partner Community Donator - Tier V

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    Decided to take a look at the PayPal robots.txt. Good news!

    PayPal has disallowed robots to crawl their pages. See their robots.txt:
    https://www.paypal.me/robots.txt

    "User-Agent: *" refers to all bots.

    It is important to understand that any bot is still free to roam the locations that are disallowed in the robots.txt, just most reputable web crawlers (including Googles) will take notice of the robots.txt and no visit those areas.

    TL;DR: These pages shouldn't show up on Google (via a web crawler anyway).
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  10. SilentReaper(SR)

    SilentReaper(SR) Retired Staff

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    Once I have URL's it becomes too easy to get names, places etc.

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  11. Enstage

    Enstage SteamRep Admin Partner Community Donator - Tier V

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    Once you have a URL why would even need to use Google ._.
  12. SilentReaper(SR)

    SilentReaper(SR) Retired Staff

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    Gaining url's of others and with that a correlation with associated "nicknames" with real names... There is a whole industry in gaining personal information. Linking a known nickname to a name by such can be very helpful in phishing emails etc. Anything facing public, shouldn't show your real name so readily, also not even if logged into the site. There is afaik no way to say to google: don't index these type of urls, only to say when they visit it to not index the content of that url.
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  13. TFD_Industries™

    TFD_Industries™ Retired Staff

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    Thanks Salmon, I got my desired link. I found out that once you reserved your desired link, you can turn it off immediately, and only turn it on if you need a convenient way to receive money via Paypal. Now I am aware that there are cached results, but they usually won't show up if the link is only valid and visible for a short period of time.
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  14. SilentReaper(SR)

    SilentReaper(SR) Retired Staff

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    for cached results to become existing, the link has to be posted somewhere public, google to follow the link, etc

    and from the time its available I already got 10 pages of such links on google....
  15. SilentReaper(SR)

    SilentReaper(SR) Retired Staff

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    also:

    The fraud has started....

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  16. a Gentleman

    a Gentleman SteamRep Moderator Partner Community Donator - Tier V

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    OMG LOL LINK ME TO THIS ONE PLEASE. <3
  17. Clive

    Clive SteamRep Admin

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    lmfao...
  18. Yossef the Brony

    Yossef the Brony New User

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    image.jpg

    My life in one image...
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  19. SilentReaper(SR)

    SilentReaper(SR) Retired Staff

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    For you it is paypal.you
    We're in the country of "Me".

    As for the fraud one, no idea. I got linked the image, not the source.
  20. Cyborg

    Cyborg Retired Staff

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    Good thing I'm pp banned
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