Online game playing....from what I understand...is risky.
Go to ShieldsUp and allow it to test your router and computer for vulnerabilities. Just click on the proceeds buttons after reading what it is and does.
GRC | ShieldsUP! — Internet Vulnerability Profiling
EDIT: copied from ShieldsUp:
Here's what you need to know about Universal Plug n' Play (UPnP):
- UPnP has been provided and enabled by default in consumer Internet routers since 2002 or 2003.
- Today, any home appliance — TV's, DVD players, game consoles, IP cameras, printers, fax machines, and you-name-it, includes support for UPnP.
- UPnP is a “zero-authentication” (no passwords required) system for allowing networked devices to discover and easily connect with each other on a private local network.
- Additionally, software such as Skype and BitTorrent, and gaming consoles, which wish to be “seen” on the Internet, are able to use UPnP to open “holes” through the protection normally provided by routers in order to allow “unsolicited” traffic to enter.
- THE HUGE MISTAKE IS: No part of UPnP was EVER MEANT to be exposed to the EXTERNAL public Internet. It was only ever meant for private local control of devices and routers. Its exposure gives malicious hackers direct access to the inside of any exposed private network. It was a huge mistake for it ever to be exposed. Router manufacturers are at fault, but all they can do now is offer updated router firmware. Now that the mistake has been made, responsibility rests upon router owners to somehow eliminate that exposure.
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What @buddy215 said is a great idea. I just wanted to add an inkling here from my experience...
You asked, "Also, is it possible for them to get my new IP address? Even if I blocked them on skype? ALSO, what can people do with your IP address?"
For this answer, some can do what's called an "IP traceback" - which is defined by Wikipedia as, "...a name given to any method for reliably determining the origin of a packet on the Internet. Due to the trusting nature of the IP protocol, the source IP address of a packet is not authenticated." <== Right here at the end of this definition is the exact reason why they can trace your IP. This is a big problem with IP address systems.
Thank you guys for letting me know the facts. I didn't know IP addresses had so many cons that they overthrow the pros.
I've read a little more into IP addresses myself and found out that the most people can do with your IP address ONLY is a DoS or DDoS attack, but almost all of those articles said that it's pretty uncommon, because people don't have the time, or you're not worth their time. I don't believe this to be true for ALL people, but I agree that it's most likely true for a majority of people.
Plus some other sources said that it's a good idea to keep your software up to date, a good anti virus and a firewall.
I'm glad people here at Bleeping Computer helped me with this. I can't thank you enough.
One thing I need to work on is, why did I even give them my skype. I am so much smarter than that but something came over me.
Edited by TropiconForHire, 26 November 2016 - 08:38 PM.