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#1 boregard

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:01 AM

i think someone is getting my ip adress on cl. can they doit if you click on an image in a post on a craigslist forum? thanks in advance,boregard.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 04:35 PM

If the image is hosted on a server that this other person controls then they can see the IP address of everyone who accesses it.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 12:36 PM

thanks andrew, is this how advertisers on cl harvest different ip adresses? and is there any way to tell? what would best way to be safe on cl, just not click on any images or links? i posted on cl rants&raves and someone replied that they were going to tag me when the time was right. thanks for your help,andrew

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 04:04 PM

Advertisers really have no use of your IP address (aside from generally figuring out where in the world you live) since your IP address can and does change over time. I'd pretty much guarantee that the person who said they were going to "tag" you is completely full of crap, even if they do have your IP address.

Long experience has taught me that when someone tells you that they are going to perform some sort of internet-based attack against you, you can pretty much laugh at them.

If you're still worried then just unplug your modem for 60 seconds; your ISP will issue a new IP address when you plug it back in.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 04:51 PM

thanks again andrew,i thought advertisers used different peoples ip so they could post alot of adds on cl.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 07:07 PM

They may indeed be using a large number of IP addresses, but merely knowing that (for example) Bob Smith is at IP 154.54.87.6 doesn't help them at all in this regard. If they want to fake an IP address then they can make one up like I just did.




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