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What Can Someone Do with My IP Address and Password?


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#1 Blinkstar

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 11:27 AM

I just checked out https://haveibeenpwned.com and found that four different computer gaming sites I've visited have been hacked and my passwords, email addresses and IP addresses for those sites have been stolen.

 

What could someone do with that information? I don't bank online. I do order things from Amazon but my password for Amazon is different ... What am I at risk for and what should I do besides changing my current passwords?



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Posted 09 March 2016 - 12:03 PM

Ideally, I would delete these accounts or ask for them to be closed if you don't use them anymore. Otherwise, I would change the email address associated with them, and also enable 2FA (Two Factor Authentification) on them if it's possible.

Also, unless a hacker wants to pentest you, your IP address (static, if it's dynamic, it won't be of use much) being out in the open won't do a lot.

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 12:08 PM

Your IP address isn't important unless you are worried about being physically attacked or pentested. Your IP being public shouldn't be an issue unless you go into the darknet.

 

As for passwords, just do what Aura said :)


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Posted 09 March 2016 - 12:11 PM

Thanks, both of you!

 

Not worried about physical attack. And I've never been to the darknet.

 

I guess I was worried about credit card stuff. But again I don't think I've used those particular passwords for anything credit related.


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Posted 09 March 2016 - 12:14 PM

No problem Blinkstar, you're welcome :)

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 12:17 PM

Just checked to see if my IP was static or dynamic and I went to this site:

 

https://www.whatismyip.com/

 

It lists my state as New Jersey.

 

I don't live anywhere near New Jersey. What does that mean, if anything?


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Posted 09 March 2016 - 01:16 PM

Various sites have varrying degrees of accuracy when it comes to geoIP. Either that geoIP service is bunk or your ISP is based in Jersey.
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Posted 09 March 2016 - 02:49 PM

Okay, thanks!



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Posted 09 March 2016 - 05:00 PM

Always use a strong password and follow best practices for passwords.

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 05:35 PM

Regarding your IP address:

 

The IP address you have was previously assigned to someone else who lives in New Jersey.

 

It is now your IP address. Simple reason it shows New Jersey is that the data bases are not yet updated to show your location.
 

An IP address is generally kept by one provider. For example, I found documentation of an old IP address I had from Comcast.
That one is now assigned to a Comcast customer in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Since I had that IP address many years ago, there is way to know how many have had it since then.

I was somewhere in Alabama (Tuscaloosa) when I had the previous one and I still live Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

 

IP addresses don't reflect where the provider is based. They do reflect the location of the the person who has that IP address.

 

I know for a fact Comcast is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is not based in Ohio or Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


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