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#1 Nightsilence


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 08:42 PM

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I tried several Google searches, but I could not narrow down what concerns me. I need to know if a hacker could pinpoint my exact location with my IP address or by hacking into my e-mail account. I'm specifically concerned about individuals with bad intentions. I am not concerned about administrative or government monitoring, as my internet usage is strictly legal. You see, I am an activist, I hold and discuss some controversial oppinions (this isn't the right place to elaborate), and I am afraid that if someone learned my real identity and location, I might be assaulted. I understand it isn't likely, and most likely I am paranoid, but all the same, if there is any chance of that I would prefer to use proxies.

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#2 LiquidTension


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:06 PM

Naturally it depends on the information in your email account. If, for example, you mention your address in an email then that information will of course be available to the unauthorised individual should s/he gain access to your account.

There are online services that can attach "trackers" onto emails that will send the author information upon opening the email. However, I do not know of the sophistication of something like this.

In regards to your IP address - again, it's entirely down to the sophistication of the person or persons attempting to uncover your identity and address. The average home user will certainly not be able to pin point someone's location with just an IP address.

If you're worried, you may wish to consider the use of a VPN which effectively makes you "anonymous" on the Internet. VPNs come in freeware and paid for forms. Personally, I wouldn't trust the reliability of a free VPN.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:47 AM

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