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01:27 am: paranoid abi is paranoid

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From:annie_lyne
Date:February 27th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
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all you need is an abi-macro to go with that :)
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From:abigailb
Date:February 28th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
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From:annie_lyne
Date:February 28th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Yes!
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From:hairyears
Date:February 27th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
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It sounds facile and insulting to reply with the predictable canard "just because you're paranoid..." etc. But I've found, when I descend into paranoia, that it is productive to list all possible threats, and list all countervailing sources of support.

Sometimes I don't get very far with the 'sources of support' bit. Paranoia's like that - distorted perceptions - but there have been times in life when the perception's been an accurate reflection of reality.

Some of the threats and emnities are real; some are potential, if mostly improbable; a few are nonsensical and can be disregarded. All are reduced in scale and in their 'fear factor' when examined coldly on a piece of paper with the heading: "What would I do if..."

Occasionally, the exercise has exposed a weakness: a tendency to fall prey to a pervasive but non-specific sense of dread and mistrustfulness, when a rational examination reveals some real and immediate cause for concern that I've been refusing to acknowledge and confront.

Even paranoids have enemies; friends, too, and even facile comments can occasionally reveal a useful way of dealing with the problem - whether the problem's paranoia, or objectively a problem that demands some concrete action or precaution.

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From:abigailb
Date:February 27th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
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My paranoia was but momentary, caused by someone posting who wasn't me a message to my livejournal. I am pretty sure I know who it was, and I shan't be leaving myself logged into LJ on their computer anymore. :)
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From:hairyears
Date:February 27th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
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No sh*t, but that's a good reason to be paranoid.

And maybe I should get some sleep.
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From:pplfichi
Date:February 28th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
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In case you don't know where to find it:
http://www.livejournal.com/manage/logins.bml
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From:doseybat
Date:February 28th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
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eek it says I am currently logged in 7 places! all with different IP adresses, and none of them is this puter/brwser. maybe I wont look at that link again.
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From:abigailb
Date:February 28th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
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If you are worried you can use that link to log out those sessions.
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From:pplfichi
Date:February 28th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
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If you've closed the browser (or cleared the cookies or hit the logout button) the session cookies are gone and you aren't really logged in any more, just LJ has no way of knowing that yet. If someone opens a browser they won't be logged in as you. Of course if you've ticked the box for LJ to remember your login, you will still be logged in and will need to hit the logout button when you're done.

You can use the sessions page I linked to remotely log out things you know you accidentally left open or browsers where you no longer want your login details stored.
From:shimgray
Date:February 28th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
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....huh, that's really interesting.
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From:absinthecity
Date:February 28th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
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Can I join the paranoid Abi club?
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From:abigailb
Date:February 28th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
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Sure!

Other paranoid abi is other paranoid. Hmm. Doesn't scan.
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