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Old 2nd August 2008, 08:43 PM   #1
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Default Why are subscriber's IP addresses posted on threads?

What the hell is this? I noticed everyone's IP addresses are showing in the lower right box of the postings. What reason could this website possibly have for displaying even a partial IP address?
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Old 2nd August 2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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Old 7th August 2008, 11:12 AM   #3
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So, if someone abuses the forums, they can reported to their ISP.
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Old 7th August 2008, 01:47 PM   #4
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So, if someone abuses the forums, they can reported to their ISP.
Not true.. Admin and mods can see your IP address always and it is their job to monitor what's going on in forum. That way they can either warn or ban trublemaker. Displaying either full or partial IP address is in a way violation of privacy policy. They might as well be giving sinffing bots and unauthorized parties access to a person's email address and other details. The phishers on other hand, may use the information to create fake accounts in a victim's name...
Seems to me we have a serious security hole here..
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Old 7th August 2008, 02:01 PM   #5
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I have to agree. The first three octets are enough to place most users in a fairly small geographical area (ie. a metro area). For information gathering intended for e.g. identity theft, this combined with information obtained elsewhere could be enough to identify an individual. Nevermind the privacy implications...

I'm not sure how it serves a purpose to anonymous users, and unless a compelling argument can be presented, I think this 'feature' should be disabled.

Try here: http://www.maxmind.com/app/lookup_city just add a .1 as the final octet.
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Old 7th August 2008, 02:09 PM   #6
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I just used Error's link and found out too much information about my ISP account and location.
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Old 7th August 2008, 02:33 PM   #7
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Default phishing/spam

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Not true.. Admin and mods can see your IP address always and it is their job to monitor what's going on in forum. That way they can either warn or ban trublemaker. Displaying either full or partial IP address is in a way violation of privacy policy. They might as well be giving sinffing bots and unauthorized parties access to a person's email address and other details. The phishers on other hand, may use the information to create fake accounts in a victim's name...
Seems to me we have a serious security hole here..

It's already happening. Whenever I've not posted for a few weeks, the level of spam etc . I receive drops dramatically. Whenever I've posted after an absence and I receive the auto post email, my spam rate goes up drastically. Forbes financial site is even worse than here at DIY audio.

I'll probably get a bunch from this posting...

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Old 7th August 2008, 02:54 PM   #8
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My spam level is very low since I switched ISP even for the email account that use here.
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Old 7th August 2008, 03:38 PM   #9
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No spam problems here. Not the paranoid type either.

Here, have my whole IP......

69.207.107.96
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Old 7th August 2008, 03:41 PM   #10
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Wait, why did it change?
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