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Old 08-11-2011, 10:46 AM
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...should anyone have a concern when a forum member feels the need to post info like this about you?

Are they just proving that it can be done and they are PC savvy or that I am dumb for not having it blocked, if that is even possible?



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The IP address shown should be your PUBLIC facing address( given to you by your ISP), hopefully protected by a firewall. If it is your PC's actual address, then you have a problem.
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I would have a concern. To me that type of activity is just not cool.
Would you consider telling us who this member is?
Have you considered notifying IB?
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Your web browser gives away this information when you connect to a website. This doesn't mean the person on the other end is savvy, it means that they spent money to buy this "widgit" from danasoft.com with the penguin in it. You can buy your own if you like. As for your IP address, thats not a problem. Here, mine is 72.236.147.165. PS: I'm a network security engineer for a living.
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As Uncle John said it's harmless and actually only a fraction of the info that's available.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
Are they just proving that it can be done and they are PC savvy or that I am dumb for not having it blocked, if that is even possible?
There's actually some application that does that automatically and it's been used in somebodies signature at one point on THT. Freaks you out when you first see it.
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Originally Posted by GhostShip View Post
There's actually some application that does that automatically and it's been used in somebodies signature at one point on THT. Freaks you out when you first see it.
Isn't the one shown by the OP really only visible to the OP?
Nobody can can see what the OP is seeing.
Even when it is someone elses signiture line on a forum.
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Originally Posted by DoubleO7 View Post
Isn't the one shown by the OP really only visible to the OP?
Nobody can can see what the OP is seeing.
Even when it is someone elses signiture line on a forum.
Right, everyone just sees their own info. Like this......

http://www.ipchicken.com/
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it really is not big deal like the others have said only you can see the IP address displayed, now if your an admin they can view anyone on this sites IP address
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If you're worried, this could help.....................

http://www.techsono.com/convertastic/tips.html

I really don't give a shit what people know about me. It is what it is.
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That's part of what I'm asking, should it even be a concern? I guess the answer is , "No".
I do not have personal info, i.e. banking, SS# etc on my computer.
If someone really wants the info, they'll get it anyway, right?
When you don't have much there isn't much to take.
There are bigger targets then me out there.




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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
That's part of what I'm asking, should it even be a concern? I guess the answer is , "No".
I do not have personal info, i.e. banking, SS# etc on my computer.
If someone really wants the info, they'll get it anyway, right?
When you don't have much there isn't much to take.
There are bigger targets then me out there.
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You should protect your PC with a firewall, anti-virus, anti-malware etc. That stuff can get pretty nasty and cause you a world of grief without protection. Lots of these things are aimed at just causing headaches and frustration.
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Its annoying and might be considered rude but its not dangerous. The fact is any thing you connect to on the internet can detect your public IP address and there is nothing you can do about it.

Hopefully you have a firewall (router) and are not directly connected to the internet. Very few people are.

Bring up a command prompt. Type ipconfig press enter.

If the IP address you get is the same as the one in the annoying danasoft widget you probably have a problem. You should get a different address (your internal IP address).
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That thing has been around for 10+ years. It is nothing to worry about.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by hybrid View Post
Losers...go find a job
There should be better things for them to do.

Originally Posted by The Boat of Us View Post
The IP address shown should be your PUBLIC facing address( given to you by your ISP), hopefully protected by a firewall. If it is your PC's actual address, then you have a problem.
Avast, Malewarebytes Anti-maleware, Spybot, Is this what you are referring to?

Originally Posted by Garett View Post
I would have a concern. To me that type of activity is just not cool.
Would you consider telling us who this member is?
Have you considered notifying IB?
I'll look again. Can't remember what thread or board it was on.
No, haven't considered mentioning it to IB. The Mods should be aware though.

Originally Posted by Uncle John View Post
Your web browser gives away this information when you connect to a website. This doesn't mean the person on the other end is savvy, it means that they spent money to buy this "widgit" from danasoft.com with the penguin in it. You can buy your own if you like. As for your IP address, thats not a problem. Here, mine is 72.236.147.165. PS: I'm a network security engineer for a living.
Do you change you IP address once in a while or your just not concerned about it I guess.

Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
As Uncle John said it's harmless and actually only a fraction of the info that's available.
After reading these replies, I have to agree.

Originally Posted by GhostShip View Post
There's actually some application that does that automatically and it's been used in somebodies signature at one point on THT. Freaks you out when you first see it.
Yes, I have seen it before. Not sure if it was the same member though.

Originally Posted by DoubleO7 View Post
Isn't the one shown by the OP really only visible to the OP?
Nobody can can see what the OP is seeing.
Even when it is someone elses signiture line on a forum.
I believe anyone in that thread will see their own address in that members sig.... like GhostShip stated below.

Originally Posted by GhostShip View Post
Right, everyone just sees their own info. Like this......

http://www.ipchicken.com/


Originally Posted by Ace52 View Post
it really is not big deal like the others have said only you can see the IP address displayed, now if your an admin they can view anyone on this sites IP address
Again, it's almost public knowledge, for those that want to take the time to find it, but everyone says it's harmless.....(I hope)

Originally Posted by Bugbuster View Post
If you're worried, this could help.....................

http://www.techsono.com/convertastic/tips.html

I really don't give a shit what people know about me. It is what it is.
Not that I'm worried so much as I wanted to check in and see if it was happening to others and why they would even bother to do it in the first place. If there were trouble, we have the user name and the Mods would know the actual members name.

Originally Posted by The Boat of Us View Post
You should protect your PC with a firewall, anti-virus, anti-malware etc. That stuff can get pretty nasty and cause you a world of grief without protection. Lots of these things are aimed at just causing headaches and frustration.
I have the antimalware and whatnot I mentioned above.

Originally Posted by Seacat FL View Post
Its annoying and might be considered rude but its not dangerous. The fact is any thing you connect to on the internet can detect your public IP address and there is nothing you can do about it.

Hopefully you have a firewall (router) and are not directly connected to the internet. Very few people are.

Bring up a command prompt. Type ipconfig press enter.

If the IP address you get is the same as the one in the annoying danasoft widget you probably have a problem. You should get a different address (your internal IP address).
I tried typing in ipconfig then Enter in the search box, bottom left, but it just flashed a smaller black screen. This is a company laptop and maybe I am not able to access that page? Maybe I typed in in the wrong place?



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Avast, Malewarebytes Anti-maleware, Spybot, Is this what you are referring to?
No, in my original statement, I was referring to a firewall which can be software, but is usually a router type device that connects your home PC to an internet providers modem.

I have the antimalware and whatnot I mentioned above.
As long as you have these and they up to date, you're probably OK. There are better products on the market (IMO), but those work fine.

No worries about the world knowing your IP address.
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This is nothing to worry about. The information is provided by your own browser and is needed by the website to render information correctly. It's just some HTML code that displays information that is already there in your requests to the server. Just because it can see your external IP address and your browser/operating system versions does not mean that they can access anything else on your computer.

Your best defense is to install a good general purpose security package like Norton Internet Security and keep it up to date. I also highly recommend Malwarebytes anti-malware http://www.malwarebytes.org/ . It is safe and catches some things that slip past the Norton and Symantec Products.

I am also in the security industry.
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:03 PM
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I've used malwarebytes since my first PC.
Our company guru puts it on all the company computers.

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Think of the member posting your IP address as a public service. He's reminding you you're not entirely anonymous on the internet.
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