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Can someone find forum posts/internet activity through i.p. address?


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#1 alfmelmak

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:29 AM

So basically where I used to work, they'd twist anything about my personal life into harassment. They're probably reading this now because I've posted here in the past, so they save it in a folder and might read the forums religiously in case I come back or maybe they can find me through my i.p address. I use all different website forums a lot. When I get into a new thing, I usually have a few good questions and ask a forum. I.E, if they knew I got a dirt bike, they'd know to find dirt bike forums and read the entire thing and try and find me through context because I never use my real name. However, there have been times that I know they've read my posts because I can tell by hints they let out, but they are so out of the blue and I can't imagine how much they must have read in order to have found only a few posts by me using only context. I highly doubt they had me hacked, and again, the amount of time and effort they must have used to find me with just context and assumption is scary just to try and use anything about my personal life as harassment. So, I'm wondering if there's a 'simple' way to find my internet activity like through my i.p address? I've posted in a forum that displays i.p address, and besides, youtube makes it pretty easy to learn how to find someone's i.p. IOW, could they plug in my i.p to something and find my internet activity like forum posts or downloads or anything like that, or they just read and read and read forums based on assumption or hacked me? I'm on a very secure connection, no viruses ever, no network so other computers in the house can't see what I'm doing, computer is always locked, etc. Thanks

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:40 AM

Hello -
From this forum there is almost nothing available to outsiders that want to find who you are, unless you post it. This is your profile here -
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If you use Facebook and other similar mediums, then others can / will always view your posts just for information. I never use those programs at all -
I just think you might use F/book, YouTube, and similar connections too much and post personal things there for all to see.
Is there any other specific reason that you posted here ??

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

No, i never joined facebook or youtube (yet) or anything at all with my real name. (except once I had to because someone made an imposter myspace and possibly facebook of me (I didn't deserve it, the context wasn't so bad as to ruin me, but was not a friendly joke afterall)Anyway, what I'm saying is that the only ways I could think of that they could have found me was through assuming I'd join a forum, like if I were to take up guitar, they might read a ridiculous amount of guitar forums just to try and find me out of context. I have posted in a forum I know they found me at which shows everyone's i.p. but even if it didn't show i.p, youtube makes it seem pretty simple to find and i.p. So I'm wondering if they could track me through that because the only other options I can think of how they foudn me was hackin (I highly doubt) or reading a lot of forums, but the effort and time to read to find me out of context doesn't make sense, it's a scary amount of effort to get little return, I'd imagine they put tracking devices under my car then. Also, there were no computers at that job.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 02:29 PM

It is much more likely that you use a common username or email address and with a few google searches those pop up rather easily. Like I googled your username and saw that you posted the same question to CNET forums. For whether they are monitoring you that is all a matter of time and money ... generally someone has to have an incentive to monitor you and they are unlikely to do this unless it is worth their while.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

has nothing to do with googling this name and finding it on CNET, assume it were only used here once. Wondering if there's a somewhat easy way compared to hacking if this type of tracking is doable. So far, everyone says it's not so I assume they just read a lot to find me using asumption and context.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

Hi -
Anything is "doable" in these times where the internet is not the most secure place in the world.
Do you have a decent Firewall and a decent Antivirus program or "Suite" that covers all of these items ??

Are the people you mention just average computer users, or are they specialists in the workings of computers ??
If they are generally "average" people, then I think that you may be a bit paranoid about this situation, and you may mention things that they pick up on.

Most average users will not be able to hack your personal computer, but if it is a work computer there will always be a record of your browsing -

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:16 AM

I have norton suite and firewall and no viruses/spyware. They're not computer people per say. I highly doubt they can hack my system. They had the money to pay a hacker, sure, but I highly doubt they'd then gossip to the other cowerkers and eventually to me since I heard hints pertaining to my posts so then I or other cowerkers would find out they paid/are a hacker. I conclude they just read and read forums knowing I might be at ones about what I'm into i.e if I got a dirtbike, they'd read every thread at the main dirtbike forums. It's not a pranoia obsession, I'm cautious yes, I'm just baffled that they would read so much just to find me to turn my forum life into harrassment which is how I conclude they found me, so I thought there might have been an easier way to track me.

Edited by alfmelmak, 05 February 2013 - 02:17 AM.





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