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#1 pantyraider

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 06:29 PM

I have an HP mini with VZAccess manager to connect to my verizon wireless internet and currently running Windows 7 starter. I also belong to a public forum, like this one, where my IP address is known. I would like to know what exactly can one do to my computer, if anything, knowing my IP address? Can someone hack or gain access to your computer or what?

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#2 Broni

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 08:05 PM

Your IP address on forum like this is visible to staff members only.
In any case, not much can happen to your computer by just knowing its IP address.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 11:12 PM

Your IP address on forum like this is visible to staff members only.


Actually that depends on the software used by the Forum and just how much the Owner\Management allows to be shown to the general membership.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 11:14 PM

Personally, I've never seen any forum, where IP addresses are visible to regular members.
Oh wait, we always agree TZ, don't we?....LOL

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 11:19 PM

Have seen a couple that do.

Have seen some that give the option to view IP`s the posts were made from.

Then there are the people that have that little troll figure in their post signatures that show the OS, browser, and IP.
What many do not understand is that the only one seeing that information is the person who`s information is being shown. Of course at the least, the IP would differ for most unless proxied.

Edited by ThunderZ, 02 May 2011 - 11:19 PM.


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Posted 03 May 2011 - 05:28 AM

If you keep your Windows Firewall enabled and your Windows machine patched, you're pretty safe.

You did classify verizon wireless internet connection as Public?

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 03:09 PM

If you keep your Windows Firewall enabled and your Windows machine patched, you're pretty safe.

You did classify verizon wireless internet connection as Public?



Public? What do you mean?


Yesterday I was using the forum I previously spoke about and all of a sudden my task.exe pops up then disappears. I quickly disconnected from the net and ran a scan.
I have very good reason to believe my IP address has been given out to other members by a mod. on the forum, so this is why I am concerned. Is there any programs out there that can monitor and or track a hackers attempt and how to report them? I really want to report this site because I believe some illegal activities are happening...

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:50 PM

What forum/site are you talking about?

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 09:15 PM

1. Verizon normally gives people NAT devices (Network Address Translation). Your external, internet address is what the forum sees. Your internal IP is private, black hole.
2. As others said, not much can be done to you with just IP address - unless you're directly connected to the net, without a router or NAT modem, such as the DSL users have.
3. Verizon changes your IP every couple hours or days (depending how your router is setup). So somebody always will inherit your IP, just as you inherit somebody's IP which is vacant at the time you renew the lease. The only time this is not true is if you pay to have a Static IP which never changes.
4. Is unnamed forum of a p2p nature?

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 07:45 AM

Public? What do you mean?


I'm talking about Network Location as explained here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Choosing-a-network-location

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 01:48 PM

What forum/site are you talking about?



Am curious myself. Would like to have a look.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 04:46 PM

Thank you all for your timely responses.



What forum/site are you talking about?



Am curious myself. Would like to have a look.


If I may, I would like to PM this website to the both of you

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:05 PM

By all means.

But of course I reserve the right not to sign up. Which may or may not allow me to view all that is needed to check out IP availability to registered members.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:48 PM

Yes you can PM me the website name.




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