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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.