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how private are message boards can ip address be traced with firewall

by tinker / March 24, 2004 12:06 PM PST

ok, my daughter posted something offensive on some obscure cheerleading message board, her coaches got wind of it said they called the message board administrator who is going to get back to them with the name and e-mail address of the person who posted. the message board does have a members area with a log in, but my daughter was not logged in when she posted, we also have zone alarm pro, does that block you ip address from message boards. if your not logged in can a message board identify you?

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No dice, just be nice

Firewalls only control flow to and from your computer to provide security/try to prevent someone from hacking your computer.

IP address is a function of your isp. Firewalls don't do anything about what IP address you present. And it doesnt matter if she(or you) was logged in, if the message board records ip address someone computer savy enough could use it to trace it back to the sender. Even visiting a webpage can potentially leave your IP address(if the webpage owner bothers to record such things)

My advice. Try to be nice to people. Even when online.

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In short. No.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2004 9:47 PM PST

The IP address doesn't really identify "you", but where to send packets to.

What this does is to create a small problem if the machine in question hasn't been fully patched or leaves simple "services" like Messenger running which was exploitable and even with the Microsoft patch for such is just best disabled since the service is just an annoyance in most cases. The Messenger service, if it wasn't updated left a security hole through which a worm can invade the system even with a firewall installed. Most firewalls by default won't block that port, or some let traffic on the Messenger port.

Bottomline? Update the OS, learn what you can run without, disable any "server" or "service" you don't need (look at ) and consider that some CHATROOM SOFTWARE has exploits as well. A firewall (again) doesn't stop this if the software you are allowing to run has an exploit. Keep on top of the software revisions.


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Re:how private are message boards can ip address be traced with firewall

Ignoring the tech, right now. let this be a learning experience for you daughter in suffering the consequences for her actions. She's not the first person to act impulsively, especially at her age. Good Luck.

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