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by emaa / June 16, 2008 6:57 AM PDT

When I enter a forum in which I am registered, does the webmaster (or anyone else for that matter)see the ip address of my pc? Do they know if I am connecting from this or that state or country? What specifically do they know? To what extent do I protect my privacy?Thanks.

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The IP-address ...
by Kees Bakker / June 16, 2008 7:42 AM PDT
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is sent by your browser (or router) to the site, so they know where to send the answer to. Depending on their software they can do with it what they want. And, yes, it's a nice way to find out where approximately you live.
And they know your browser and - if you clicked on a link somewhere to get into the site - where you came from.

Kees

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Ip addresses and forums
by ahtram88 / June 16, 2008 11:24 PM PDT
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Hi emaa-

Yes most forum software provides the forum operator(WEB Master) with the ip addresses of persons registering as members of their forum.

A WEB Master needs this information for security reasons. to "ban" or deny Forum access to individuals that are causing problems on a Forum. The WEB master uses the offensive members IP address as a means for the forum software to identify and lock out individuals that they don't want to post or view their site.

Information that anyone can obtained from someones IP address....

There are a lot of sites on the Internet that provide freee IP lookup capability. They have a box where anyone can enter any IP address

The information obtained veries from site to site but basicly they provide...For example:

City and State... They sometimes give the longitude and latitude and the Telephone area code, Host name etc.

If this is making you nervous .. please read on..

Actually it is not your personal ip location that is obtained...it is in most cases the closest relay location of your ISP [Internet Service Provider] Your ISP is who ever you pay to provide you with access to the internet. A cable company...DSL provider.etc. If you are on a computer at work the company name .. Univerity ...Host names.

The best way for you to understand this is to check it out yourself.
Here is the URL for one of the WEB sites I was refering to above. When you get there you will see your IP address.... a nice map with with a pin stuck into that IP location. City State...etc

http://whatismyipaddress.com/

I think you will find it very informative.
On that same site they have a FAQ's page about IP addresses that might interest you..

http://whatismyipaddress.com/staticpages/index.php/FAQ

Hope that helped.

ahtram88

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people prob'ly don't care
by squirtlewa / June 19, 2008 12:33 AM PDT
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but you should assume info is out there if someone did want to trace you.

The site 'whatsmyipaddress.com' linked above is a rough tool. For me it's off by at least 20 miles. However when I called for tech support (my internet access is thru cellular towers), the guy many states away was able to tell me what was outside my north vs west window with stunning accuracy, just based on my card's signal to the towers.

For casual use, that info is out there, but prob'ly nobody cares to use it, particularly with forums. I know one forums moderator who keeps tabs of which users are actually posting from the same place (people will pretend to be 2 or more different posters... what can ya say, lots of weirdos on teh interwebs). But unless you're doing something that attracts attention, the info will be ignored most often. On the other hand, if you're doing something illegal, it's safe to assume that people can track down to the exact door they need to knock on.

The basic webpage software I've used provides a log of who (IP#) accessed, what time, and which files.

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real quick
by Usernameniner / June 20, 2008 4:59 AM PDT

emma..I have friends that are webmasters, always worried.
They'll get you ip possibly, but...There not hackers.
Im learning about ip, so the forum I use is http://whatismyipaddress.com/

You could ask the tecks anything pertaining to it, and learn more about it. Its not a how to hack site. Hope this helps.

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Hopefully all is resolved.
by Usernameniner / June 30, 2008 3:11 PM PDT
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You could always change your ip
run cmd ipconfig /realease ipconfig /renew

Or just get an ssh2.....

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by repete_smile / July 1, 2008 3:40 AM PDT
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