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FWIW, there is a "secure" version of the fake name generator, but you have to pay $1.99/year and sign in with Google, which is hilarious.[1]

Also, as explained by the creator[2], the SSN registry site is worthless and apparently a joke (although I'm not going to poke around on the site to verify).

[1] https://www.fakenamegenerator.com/premium.php

[2] http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamtanner/2014/02/03/the-mormon...

That really just makes everything worse, because this site, HN, presents the blog post as if it is a legitimate guide. The Fake Name Generator(tm) page states: "You should click here to find out if your SSN is online." Making no mention that the site is intended to be a joke.

Apparently, HN is a joke.

(Note that the only way to view the Forbes article you linked is through the cached version.)

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