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How can someone know my IP Address

by Blazin65 / December 27, 2009 1:52 AM PST

I'm confused or surprised by something. I have ZoneAlarm Extreme Sucurity installed on my computer. I have the firewall turned on to my knowledge.

So how is it that I can go to any number of websites and they can tell me the IP address of my computer? They don't state my street address, but they can name the IP address and city and state. I thought if I had a firewall installed that this was not possible. Is this something to be concerned about? Is the product I have installed a failure? Is an IP address specific to the whole city, or is it my exact location?

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We know it too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 27, 2009 8:25 AM PST

Even in this forum, the IP you are at is logged. Don't freak out but go read more about how the internet works. For information to be sent back to your machine it has to reveal the return address.

Nothing about a firewall is at play here. That is for other issues.

And don't go "hiding my IP" as the scammers that want to sell you such are ... scammers.

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Thanks for responding guys.
by Blazin65 / December 31, 2009 6:30 AM PST
In reply to: We know it too.

You're right, there is a lot to read about how the internet works and about IP addresses.

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by Phil Crase / December 27, 2009 11:32 PM PST

As Bob stated, read up on how the net works. If you want to be anonymous, look into software designed for that purpose, one is called STEGANOS,hides, (they say) your IP address and uses considerable resources in doing so.

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