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I've always been the person to explore the Internet and there are just times I forget about the dangers and precautions. I know there are hackers and phishing. But I would like to know is how dangerous it is to have your IP address exposed? I mean I don't use anti-virus, I don't use any protection on my computer, because I don't think I really need them. What does it mean when your IP is in the hands of the wrong person?

asked Dec 13 '12 at 19:13

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edited Dec 13 '12 at 19:39

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computer security is probably about 95% user behavior and 5% software security.

A user with bad security practices will regularly have their security compromised either through infections or phishing, or a number of other malicious methods.

(no piece of software will protect a system if the user feels a need to open random attachments in their e-mail, or open mp3 files that end in a .exe or accept everything in any popup message)

having a users IP may help you find their location, or allow you to start a denial of service attack against them but most of the effective attacks do not require you to know the users IP, they simply require a little social engineering to get the user to compromise their own security (which is how the vast majority of infections spread)

answered Dec 14 '12 at 20:29

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First of all every website you visit now knows your IP address. That is how the Internet works. Most of the time there really isn't anything that can happen from someone knowing your IP address as long as you have a firewall either a router or something on your computer. Also, you really should have some form of anti-virus on your computer. You may think you are okay but more likely than not you can get a virus just from browsing the Internet.

answered Dec 13 '12 at 19:41

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Thanks. For your answer.

(Dec 13 '12 at 19:59) CautiousUser1983 CautiousUser1983's gravatar image

an exposed IP address is needed for the internet to work, there are no dangers in having it exposed, if you take the precautions needed.

You NEED to use an antivirus, you NEED to have a firewall (hardware and software both preferably,) You NEED to have secure passwords.

Think of an IP address as your home address, if someone gets your home address they may try to break in, but if you lock your doors they cannot get in. But you need to let people know your ip address so they can send you mail... don't push the analogy to far it will break down quickly.

People like yourself are reasons why there are botnets trying to spread themselves onto other computers and trying to steal personal information. Not all attacks are directed to an individual.

In all fairness the least of your worries is from a exposed IP address, so many exploits though flash and java and the operating system its self is what will really cripple you.

Please, get a nice firewall, get a nice antivirus (i recommend Norton 360, although many will probably disagree)

answered Dec 13 '12 at 19:43

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Ok will buy Norton 360 soon! Is that all I'll really need to keep it safe? Anything else? Please help.

(Dec 13 '12 at 19:58) CautiousUser1983 CautiousUser1983's gravatar image

it is not all you need... but it is a start... there is no one way to keep "safe" there are so many ways they can getcha, install updates, keep secure passwords, watch what you are installing, and the sites you are going to, and downloads you are downloading. Don't pirate things, it is not only illegal but to be frank it is like going to a street prostitute... you are bound to catch something sometime...

(Dec 13 '12 at 22:05) trueb trueb's gravatar image

appreciate the help.

(Dec 14 '12 at 19:45) CautiousUser1983 CautiousUser1983's gravatar image

The worst thing about someone knowing your IP address is, is that they could get an estimated location of the computer with the IP Address. But no service can give exact addresses through an IP trace, and most of em don't even get the town right.

answered Dec 13 '12 at 21:46

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Cool, I was just wondering. Very curious is what it is. My laptop is running fine so that's a good thing.

(Dec 14 '12 at 19:49) CautiousUser1983 CautiousUser1983's gravatar image

I wouldn't say go and pay for protection. I like the combination of Microsoft Security Essentials and MalwareBytes as well as my routers firewall. Or go for AVG or Avast? All free options.

Also my question is, why no protection at the moment? Surely anything that will prevent harm to your data can't hurt?

answered Dec 15 '12 at 07:51

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MSE lost the certification, hell even panda and McAfee did not loose theres due to its failure to find zero day threats... (http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-security-essentials-loses-av-test-certificate)

and Malware Bytes is not a solution by its self.

(Dec 15 '12 at 14:46) trueb trueb's gravatar image

also your routers "firewall" is not sufficent, it hides ports, but that is about it, a good firewall will prevent outgoing traffic as well. You should also have a nice software firewall (not the one that comes with windows)

(Dec 15 '12 at 14:47) trueb trueb's gravatar image
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