Oh no! I love it here, but I cannot post where my IP will be displayed for everyone to see.. I know someone who has a simple computer program that is used to view any information stored in a person's computer-- all you need is their IP address. And this person I know is not a computer whiz or anything, so no doubt professional hackers or just people on a message board that might dislike me could get right on into my computer if they had my IP addy.
ADMIN, Isn't there someway to, I want to say disquise, the IP? or make it so that you, or other moderators can see if someone is coming in with multiple names, etc. Instead of making it public? I think that might not be a good thing. Just a thought! Can't wait to see the new TP!
Jawlaw, some forums DO display your IP address. I used to post on one. It didn't show them until you posted a reply, and then you could see the IP addys of everybody on the thread. Then someone there started posting about what operating systems specific users were using, like they knew I was using Windows ME. I signed off at that forum, and just lurked for a while. It was about a year later when I met someone who actually had a program that allowed you to see into someone else's PC by means of IP address. Katz- that's the way they do it at Pounderpitspits-- the mods and of course owner, can see all IPs, but nobody else can.
A person can not hack your computer with a simple IP address, it is alot more involved. Actually you leave a digital trail where ever you go online, every server you visit records your IP into a log. Trust us, if it was a security risk we would not do it!
To ease everyone's mind we will make it so the IP is only viewable to 'Full Members' and above. Again..... It is almost impossible to hack someones computer with just their IP address. If you are paraniod, just make sure you have downloaded all the windows updates or install a firewall (Windows XP has a built-in firewall).
Admin, Do you have a firewall on here for viruses, etc.? I want to say, similar to that of hotmail? My fiancee' and I both run sites and have a problem with scam viruses and etc. More just curious than anything else?
Thanks! :-) That is better than just any person who signs on once seeing it. I am going to get a copy of that program I was referring to from my friend and I will let you all know if it's hard to use or if I have free view with the IP addy. I will try it out on my best friend, it would be great if she and I could see into each other's PCs anyhow, would save us some sending pictures back and forth.
BTW, I think that making it so that only full or senior members can see the IP address is a good idea. However, are you going to restart everyone's status when it is changed over? I think it might be a good idea actually.
I'm not too keen on IP addresses being shown either. Do us loyal TP followers have any say in this matter? Judging from a few of the responses, several people will be forced to leave because of security concerns if the IP addresses are shown.
~~A person can not hack your computer with a simple IP address, it is alot more involved.~~ Speaking from FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE....... While it may be a little more difficult for regular people to get into your PC just by knowing your IP, it is NOT that way with AdWare and SpyWare. Have you ever heard of Incredifind? It's one of the biggest AdWare threats out there. I have gotten it TWICE! It uses your IP to download ads, pop ups, whatever into your PC without you even knowing it. You get hit with about 50 pop ups at once and have to shut your PC down completely. IncrediFind is only one of MANY out there. Once it gets inside your PC it will download any virus that it gets its hands on. I had to end up buying a new PC just a month ago because of this. Every time you use a search engine - it takes you to their page. Some of these AdWare/SpyWare programs install themselves (your IP is entered by a human, then the program uses that information to download into your PC) and you CANNOT un-install them unless you PAY!!! Yes, that IS correct. IncrediFind is smart enough to get through most any firewall. Although it is considered legal, there is talk of a class action lawsuit from people who have been affected by it - because it has done so much monetary damage. This link will give you more info about IncrediFind: http://www.2-spyware.com/remove-incredifind.html If you scroll down and read the comments left by users - you'll see just how serious this is. I now use a program to get around having my IP displayed. It costs me $40 a year, but well worth it. For some die-hard TP fans - this may be your only choice if this IP thing is implemented. I'm sorry - but I am totally against this. I think only the Moderators should see this info and ban people accordingly when multiple user names are used. Showing us the IP addy is not going to have ANY benefit towards ANY of us on this forum.