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Changing IP Address 4 Safety

by Justmike / February 9, 2005 4:27 AM PST

I'm a Comcast broadband user and was wondering if Changing my IP Address periodicly would help prevent a hacker getting control of my pc, what about it?

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Q & A
by Ed Mead Forum moderator / February 9, 2005 9:16 AM PST

Q - I'm a Comcast broadband user and was wondering if Changing my IP Address periodicly would help prevent a hacker getting control of my pc, what about it?

A - No, but a hardware and software firewall combo will help.

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by mopscare42 / February 10, 2005 9:15 AM PST

I too am on Comcast and thought that all the IPs were assigned DHCP and you couldn't change them?
If you are willing to pay about $50.00 you can buy a router that has NAT and SPI firewall and you won't have to worry about hackers.

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Re: Changing IP Address 4 Safety
by JJ / February 11, 2005 11:49 PM PST

Comcast changes your IP address after a certain lenght of time. You can also change it your self by going into the Control Panel and Click on Network Connections and right click on Local Area Connection and select Repair. Get your self a good firewall and don't just rely on the Windows Firewall.

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No "repair" option_Gotta "Rename" option
by Justmike / February 12, 2005 4:10 AM PST

Thanks. When I right click Local Area Connection there is no repair in the menu, but there is Rename.
Do you know how often comcast changes the IP address?


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Re: No "repair" option_Gotta "Rename" option
by JJ / February 13, 2005 11:29 AM PST

Strange. Which operating system are you running?

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I'm useing 2000
by Justmike / February 14, 2005 4:37 AM PST

I'm useing Windows 2000 and Zonealarm.
I have been curious about the whole static IP address thing for awhile but never heard any suggestions 'bout changing the IP.


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Re: I'm useing 2000
by JJ / February 14, 2005 8:58 AM PST
In reply to: I'm useing 2000
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