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Friday, March 17, 2006

Your IP Address

Every computer that accesses the Internet is assigned an IP address by its Internet provider (Comcast in my case). To find out what your IP address is, just link to http://www.whatismyip.com/. Note that it may change from time to time.

Whenever you access a website, the website server knows what your IP address is. If you do something malicious or download some illegal software or files, a judge can issue a subpoena and force your Internet provider into telling them the name of the person who had this IP address at the time the malicious act was performed. This is how they catch people who download illegal music and movies.

For my own websites, I know the IP address of every person who accesses it and I know which file they downloaded.
Something to think about.


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