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PLEASE DON'T POST PERSONAL/IDENTIFIABLE INFO

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I use approximate amounts, or give exact amounts that are false.

 

I never give dates closer than the month. I should think about using false months as well. This doesn't interfere with discussing important issues, and helps keep the CA/CRA spies, fellow travelers, and authoritarian people-haters off your back.

 

If something happened today, you should say it happened yesterday. Or post it tomorrow as if it happened tomorrow.

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I could use some fog right now. All we have here in Arizona is smoke from another forest fire.

 

Hot+Dry=Forest Fire

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Some people have signatures that with a little investigation anyone can come up with the real name.

 

Be careful with your signatures.

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It'd be neat to have a list posted once a month of the "nslookup" results of all IP addresses coming into this board. I suspect a lot of us would be more careful about what we discuss.

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LOL, that's a thought. Perhaps it would be a deterrent, hehe.

 

On the other hand, on some boards where I've posted, there was actually an employee who worked for one of the infamous companies, who was trying to repair his credit, tee hee. And, I actually corresponded for a while with an employee of Fair Isaac, who was having troubles.

 

It'd be neat to have a list posted once a month of the "nslookup" results of all IP addresses coming into this board. I suspect a lot of us would be more careful about what we discuss.

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:?:

Not to be even more paranoid than I usually am-- but-- if I visit this site through a link on my website, and I am on my office computer,and do not "sign on" or post, are you saying you can tell who I am??

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why chat....

 

your general location as well as certain info such as what computer software you are using.... yes.

 

your name, DOB, SS#..... no.

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That is not true in why Chat's case - we only see the provider, and there is no identifiable location. AOL is the same way.

 

What we are seeing is similar to what you can see on creditnet - the IP address. We can look up the IP address and see whatever is listed there as public information.

 

Here is mine, right now (it runs a few minutes behind or it would say I'm posting a message):

 

breeze Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:17 am Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:29 am Forum index 65.120.51.25

 

So , you can take 65.120.51.25 and look it up here:

 

http://www.geektools.com/cgi-bin/proxy.cgi...&targetnic=auto

 

it tells you my internet provider. Then you can look up Exisnet and see where they are located. In this case, a search engine would work, or you can type it into your browser's address bar: http://www.exis.net and look for something that tells you where they are.

 

You can also look them up here:

http://visualroute.visualware.com/ if you type in "65.120.51.25"

 

However, if I see someone here as "guest" and the IP address 192.193.195.1 and I look up that IP address, I will see the domain name "Citicorp Global Information Network." Someone from Citi domain is visiting us.

 

These are the identifiable IP addresses. You can pinpoint my general location because I use a local provider. You cannot pinpoint the location of people on webtv or AOL. Someone who is logging on from a specific domain, like a bank, or a school, or corporation (like a law firm) - we can only see info similar to what you see here with the Citi domain.

 

We see banks, law firms, collection agencies, insurance companies, publishers, military installations, internet marketers, you name it. We can't tell who it is specifically, although sometimes a department is listed, and we certainly can't tell why they are here. Many are members.

 

We don't give this information out, don't worry. Your privacy is important. If you visit websites where you do not want them to know your IP address, use a service like anonymizer. Everything is routed through a proxy server, and that is all anyone sees.

 

If you use a firewall, you can block your IP address, but most of us don't, because there are things you can't do with it blocked.

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Another thing that adds to the confusion is the fact that practically every Internet Service Provider these days is running NAT (Network Address Translation) on their routers. What this means, in a nutshell, is that only the address of the ISP is displayed across the Internet. By default, most ISP's automatically assign an IP address, using DHCP, to each client as they dial in -or- boot up if using cable modem or DSL/ADSL, but the "outside" IP address will be common among hundreds of users.

 

As someone mentioned previously, a government agency could subpoena or otherwise obtain the DHCP logs from an ISP to see who had a given IP address on a given day/time.

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You should make this a sticky (if you haven't already)..because I know you've had to mention this before haven't you?

 

Yeah, you never know if Creditor's are reading the forum as well.....lol, that may be far fetched and there may not be much they could do, but I wouldn't want them knowing what I'm doing.

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