Member Since: Dec 20, 2006
Location: Middletown, Pennsylvania
Mac Specs: 15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
02-04-2011, 11:09 PM
Originally Posted by WinterCalm
We have used computers for awhile, but we're leery of the hackers online.
I know some people who think that hacking into someone's computer is perfectly ok, but I don't think that's true at all. It's an invasion of privacy.
We saw a forum, where one of the posters who liked to insult people there, said they can click on someone's nickname on the forum and view their ISP.
Now, I tried that, and it didn't work. We are on Macs, so maybe that's why.
Then we asked a friend who's pretty savvy on PCs, to go look at the same site, try clicking on someone's nickname and see if their ISP came up.
They said, "no way, nothing is coming up!" so, i'm pretty leery of hanging out on that site anymore.
Mods/Admins and site owners can see your IP and ISP information. No hacking required. It's part of connecting to a website. Ordinary members do not usually see this information, however.
I know for a fact there was a member there, who would post under his name, but always be insulted. I've read their posts and nothing seemed unpleasant, but they (the regular members of that forum) were always attacking and being verbally abusive to this poor man. He's changed his nic dozens of times, but still, somehow they always found out what nickname he changed it to, and started to attack him all over again.
I hate these sites where they claim they'll remove a post if it's inflammatory or insulting, but they never do! That just makes me furious!
That's a true bait & switch tactic.
Also, the same person who claimed to be able to find out your ISP by clickin on your name, said that they were running a business and showed their website address.
I clicked on it, and a strange message showed up on my computer that said, "The certificate for this website has expired. You might be connecting to a website that is pretending to be WWW.notrealname.com", which could put your confidential information at risk. Would you like to the connect to the website anyway?"
I'm shocked now, and don't trust this woman anymore. She's mean, she's violating the TOS over & over, she claims she can get your ISP by clickin on your name easily, and neither could a competent PC computer shop.
Do you think she's a hacker? I see she says that you don't need a paypal account to pay with paypal either, and that's not making sense to me either!
What do you think? How do you prevent hackers from getting into your computer, especially if you have a Mac?
I think she's a full of baloney, or she knows one of the forum mods/admins and is being fed information. And that's coming from someone who is an IT professional with decades of experience in network administration, not an anonymous poster on a forum.
And just because someone can see your public IP, doesn't give them access to your machine. Most modems act as a NAT firewall at a minimum. But even if you could get past that, Windows is firewalled by default and OS X doesn't respond on any well known ports, nor does it have any vulnerabilities that would leave it open to a hacker (providing that it's up to date on patches). So, in effect, someone knowing your public IP doesn't make you vulnerable to hackers (although it does degrade your anonymity to an extent).
Regardless, this isn't a suggestion or feedback about this forum, so I've moved the post appropriately.
Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!