Okay, I just read that the new forum will display IP addresses. Well, I asked a question to my brother (who works in computers)about IP addresses being displayed and this is what he said: "It's like seeing a cute girl on the street and talking to her and wanting to get to know her but having to work at it...and then seeing a cute girl on the street with her home address and phone number tattoed on her forehead." My brother says that not just anyone can break into someone's computer, that you have to really know what you're doing, but that an IP address helps. It doesn't guarantee that they will be able to, but it's just another step that they don't have to figure out. And I trust my brother whole heartedly. He knows a tremendous amount about computers. Where he works you have to use voice commands to access the room he works in. He actually used to hack in his younger years, and has since turned himself around and helps the military. So I'm really sorry to say, if that's how the new forum is going to be, I can't comment on this forum anymore. Especially seeing all the fighting that has gone on in here lately, all it would take is one bitter person that knows a great deal of information about computers to get 'revenge'.
you guys are all scaring the bejeebers out of me. exactly with all the arguing going on you just never know. i know less then zilch about computers, so you can all rest assured it would never be me hacking in your computers. but my biggest question is why they have to be on there in the first place. maybe there is a reason and because i know zilch i am not understanding ?
Admin wants them on there so that they (and us) can tell if people with different member names are typing from the same computer. I seriously think all of this is because of that whole BCB thing. By displaying IP addresses, it's easier for them to erase offenders that use different names to harrass other members.
Yup. I think they should be displayed to mods only! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596 My LiveJournal: http://www.livejournal.com/users/shadowfawksie/
They should be visible to mods and admin, in my opinion. This way, people with multiple screen names can be banned and/or exposed so that they will just be one person. I hope admin changes the decision about IP addresses. This is something I am very concerned about since I learned of their being displayed publicly. There are other topics on this also... Smooshie's post was of particular interest to me.. http://www.terrificpets.com/forum/11180.asp http://www.terrificpets.com/forum/11070.asp http://www.terrificpets.com/forum/11201.asp Again, I realize that I have no business making any decisions regarding the forum here, but I would really love to be able to keep posting here and getting to know you guys.
Thanks Shiny for the links. The things that Smooshie's friend was saying was the exact same thing my brother said. I think what's scary, (and I think his friend mentioned it too..don't remember) is that my brother said a good hacker can find weaknesses in firewalls and get past them. My brother told me that that is part of his job is trying to get past the firewalls at his own company and finding weaknesses, and he finds weaknesses on occassion! And that place is run by military! And not to mention my brother never graduated high school and didn't go to college, so it doesn't take a college grad to hack a computer. Just someone with a lot of free time on their hands...
It could be anyone that came onto this board...look how many of us "stumbled" onto TP. I was doing a random search and found it...a hacker could do a random search also and it doesn't take someone to aruge to get someone mad...some people are just out right mean and will do it for sheer pleasure. Admin..Please reconsider this!
i too am hoping that the IPs are not going to be shown. its not that i don't trust the regular members, i just don't trust all of the trolls that we get on here, and i don't know if i'm willing to take the chance that something will happen. so i hope something is going to be done, or i might not be on here for much longer
I have metropipe tunneler. It hides your IP from everyone even your isp. There are a couple others that hide the ip address too, but I don't know the names. I use it with mozilla and I use panda software (antivirus). I know very little about computers, but my mom's hubby told me what I should get all the above so I did a few months ago. They seem to all work really good:)
I got an error... sorry if posted twice. I have metropipe tunneler. It hides your IP from everyone even your isp. There are a couple others that hide the ip address too, but I don't know the names. I use it with mozilla and I use panda software (antivirus). I know very little about computers, but my mom's hubby told me what I should get all the above so I did a few months ago. They seem to all work really good:)
All of the forums or boards I have been apart of have the IP addresses only displayed to the mods and admins. I think thats teh safest way for everyone. If posters notice anything suspicious they could just alert the mods and they could check, everyone's IP address showing is dangerous.
Gina, Here is the link to the tunneler. I believe it was around $60 with the discount, when I got it. If I recall, I got the link in a email and downloaded it. As far as setting it up, I didn't have a clue. Mom's hubby talked me through it on the cell. Had to put proxy (?) numbers or something like that in. I don't know much about computers. www.metropipe.net Here is the link to panda. I like it automatically updates everyday, when you log on. It fixes things for you too. The one I got was $20 for six months. I downloaded it online. Just be sure you disable what antivirus you got when installing another. Don't do like I did and totally discard it... before the other is downloaded.... told ya I don't know much about computers. lol http://us.pandasoftware.com/home/default.asp mozilla foxfire is a free brower and was told it works better with the tunneler. For some reason mom's hubby said he had to reconfigure the tunneler each time having msn, using IE. May have been just a simple glitch he couldn't figure out. I hope I helped....
I am not trying to belittle anyone or any information they have or do not have but here goes. If you go on the internet for anything, and I mean ANYTHING, you are exposed to these so called "hackers". I would venture a guess that the majority of people in here have computers stacked with spyware and they have no idea. I am a memeber of numerous boards that have your ip address displayed. I have never had a problem. It takes a little more than a simple IP address to do any sort of damage. I do alot of online shopping, ebaying, all sorts of bank transactions and the only real protection I have at this time is a router firewall, that's it. So in short I am saying that all the complaints of people trolling and setting up accounts and all that, is GREATLY reduced by having you ip info displayed. This is a very easy way to keep you honest in here. ALthough not the end all for trolls it will certainly help. At just the mention of ip address's in the last few weeks I see some people actually have admitted to having numerous "Personalities". Some tools to help you clean your machine of spyware. http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html?part=69274&subj=dlpage&tag=button http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html And of course virus protection used in addition to these tools is invaluble.