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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2002, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Any reason for our ip\'s in every post?

I'm curious why our ip numbers are accompanied by every post?
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Re: Any reason for our ip\'s in every post?

Agreed..

I know there are 3 settings.

Visible to all users.
Visible to moderators.
Not visible at all.

For security sake I would appreciate if it was set too one of the latter two.
Moderators or not at all.

I really don't want to have to deal with some jackass trying to hack me cause he thinks he's cool.

Not that there's anything on this machine worth hacking.
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Re: Any reason for our ip\'s in every post?

Actually, it works as a deterrent to some who like to troll or start flame wars. Having your IP address public makes it so you'll think twice before a "haha, you can't catch me" post.

If you're on a dial-up connection, you really have nothing to worry about as your IP changes every time you connect. If you're on DSL or Cable at home, if you don't have a firewall in place then you're asking for trouble. Most firewalls have a "Block ICMP request" or "Block WAN request" feature. Make sure this is turned on. If I was going to penetrate someone's system, the first thing I would do is ping their IP to see if a connection is there. If your firewall is blocking these ping requests, you're fairly safe from non-automated hack attempts.

If you're on a T1/LAN or other high-bandwidth connection from work, if your network administrator was smart he'd be using NAT (network address translation). That way, the IP that shows up would be the external IP of the router, not your specific computer. If he has the proper ports blocked, you're pretty safe. On a board like this, we don't have to worry about too many script kiddies who have nothing better to do than try and insert a worm through your firewall or webserver.
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Re: Any reason for our ip\'s in every post?

we don't have many trolls/flamers here so its not a problem.
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IP addresses will be hidden shortly.
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Re: Any reason for our ip\'s in every post?

I may be a retard here, but where does our IP show up in the posts?
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on the left under your user name.
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gracias chad!
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Re: Any reason for our ip\'s in every post?

I turned this off for all but moderators and admins. You shouldn't see it in subsequent posts.



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