rhymer wrote:Is that essential? This is my wife's name.
Depends. It is far easier than you think for people on the internet to locate you right down to your street and house address, given just two pieces of information to start with.
To be honest, using psuedonyms on the internet is basically like a superhero eye-mask - It won't actually stop anyone, but it does mean they're not supposed to look.
Revealing someone's real-world identity is called "doxing", for reasons I don't actually know. It's considered very socially unacceptable.
If you put your real name out there, though, "doxing" protection doesn't apply.
Basically, to sum up, there's millions of people on the internet, and pseudonym anonymity keeps you from being phoned by a few thousand trolls every day.
Which has literally happened.
Granted, most of the problems start when someone is famous, rather than a random person, but it takes far less than you think to get internet-famous.
You, or your wife, don't plan to, say, start a Youtube channel at any point ever, do you?
Because people who do Youtube channels have been "swat'ed".
Which is a harmless-seeming term for a troll calling in a fake bomb threat and pretending to be you.
All of this has happened to more people than you think.
Previous experience tells me it's very easy to misunderstand the tone, intent, or meaning of what I've posted. If you have questions, ask.