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Old 12-25-2010, 09:20 AM
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I recently visited a website and in a section of it, it said "Your IP . .. .. . and it showed my ip address. I have a good virus/internet protection program and firewall is on. How dangerous is this?
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:23 AM
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I "suspect" that website didn't have your IP address until you clicked onto it's website....they set out the bait and you took it. Hopefully I'm wrong?
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:24 AM
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There's a THT member whose signature line shows our IP addys....weird how that does it.
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:27 AM
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Nope, it's just a friendly reminder that every website you visit knows where you're coming from. They can also track it back (roughly) to a geographic area, haven't you ever seen the ads that say "such and such on sale now at <your city>" ?
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:28 AM
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I recently visited a website and in a section of it, it said "Your IP . .. .. . and it showed my ip address. I have a good virus/internet protection program and firewall is on. How dangerous is this?
No, it is NOT dangerous... Any site you visit can see this information and that's also how they gather metrics about their customers/visitors behind the scenes.

Now there are some bad sites that could use this info against you, but they are normally shut down pretty quick - it's just the nature of the internet. You have all the necessary protection in place. Key is keep the A/V up to date.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:26 AM
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That's just a little app that you can stick on any website. I have one on my own blog. I also have a counter that tells me the IP address of every visitor, the search or page the visit came from, and the page it was on when the visitor exited, how many times the visitor was on my site, and the length of time of the visit. All free. The counter works whether or not it's actually visible on the page. If you want privacy, go read a book.
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:01 PM
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IS there any way i can change the ip address?
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:03 PM
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IS there any way i can change the ip address?
Sure you can.

Well, you can mask it, but generally you can't change it (only your ISP can do that). Some ISPs change it regularly, and some only rarely. But, if you're into illegal shit, the gummint can find you anyway.

Sometimes just rebooting your modem (leave it unplugged from power for a couple of hours or even overnight or longer) will force a change. If you're on AOL, it will change regularly.
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:14 PM
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If you really want to, you can use a site that makes you anonymous by using a proxy server (or many).
It routes your internet requests through one or more servers so the site cannot tell even what country you are in. The price you pay is slow web page draws though, it'll really slow you down.
If you want to know more, put this in Google

hide your ip address
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:42 PM
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I wouldn't get too hung up on IP addresses. It is your public MAC address that never changes (can be cloned, but that is another topic).
IP addresses are dynamic by choice from your ISP. Dynamic IP addresses have a very short lease time to keep costs down.
Besides, the IP address you refer to is on the public side of your router, cable modem, ect... Your internal IP addresses are just that. Internal, and (hopefully) protected by your firewall.
So, if a company does get your IP address, chances are the next time you hit the web, your ISP has already issued you another address. Not a big deal.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:19 PM
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Ray, that depends on your provider. I usually have the same public IP for 90 days.
But it's true, a firewall is your friend.....
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