You’ll remember that, over the past few days, I’ve pointed out just a few of the glaring mistakes in alienating parent’s so-called correct genealogical research? Guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise then, to see the logs from a quiet Sunday morning on our family tree website.
The first thing to note is a search by IP address 22.214.171.124. We’ve noticed IP addresses similar to this appearing — usually in the early mornings. Keep that in mind for a future blog ….. 😉
And then things got interesting: someone was spending a great deal of time looking at my pedigree chart, descendancy, timeline, etc. This same person was also viewing search results for S**** County, Tennessee. And most interesting was the fact that they were viewing information I have on some of my Irish ancestors. Do you think someone is studying up so she can become the next Expert on The Irish Settlers in Appalachia?!? Maybe she should have done some of this research before making asinine remarks about my Irish heritage?
These searches were conducted through a Verizon IP address — the very same Verizon IP address which was viewing private family photographs from a stolen password.
Oh, I haven’t mentioned that episode? Well, here goes: on February 4, at 8:27 a.m., I shared our password through a private message on Facebook. At 8:45 a.m. that same morning, our private photos were being accessed by someone — the same someone who, according to the IP addresses we captured, was viewing our family tree on Sunday morning. On February 4, they originally spent 1 hour, 51 minutes and 34 seconds looking at our photos, and then came back later in the day and spent another 5 hours, 43 minutes and 18 seconds looking at our private photos.
Is someone honestly so desperate to view our private photos, and watch every move we are making on genealogy websites, that they’ll break the law and use a stolen password to access areas we have chosen to keep private on the internet?
And this is considered normal — or even acceptable — behavior?