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  •  IP address is good (2+ / 0-)
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    The Zipper, lightfoot

    If the machine name looks the same as your IP address then it probably changes from time to time as you disconnect and connect to the internet. This is good.

    It is bad if your ISP uses a uniquely identifiable user ID that always remains the same, regardless of your IP address. That means you can be tracked by that machine name for as long as you have your account with that ISP. Personally, my ISP does this.  There is really nothing I can do about it, other than be aware it is happening.  

    •  I used to covet a static IP address, (0+ / 0-)

      but now I rather like having a dynamic one.  If a stay "always on" it almost never changes, but I have found that if I go totally offline for a couple of days, I am usually assigned a new one.

      Of course, as you point out, posting though one or more proxy servers is the best way to throw a monkey wrench into the spy machine.

      Here is a nice link on the various anonymous P2P network options available. This approach is currently not applicable to blogging, as far as I can determine, but it would be great if some of this free source software or the concept behind this type of networking was somehow integrated into Apache and free source web browsers, as a way to show real and effective opposition to the governmental abuse of the First and Fourth Amendments of the Bill of Rights.

      ANts P2P looks like a very promising start in this direction.

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      by lightfoot on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 10:59:41 AM PDT

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    •  If this is tied to the ethernet/hardware address (0+ / 0-)

      then a new ethernet card should screw it up, am I right?

      There's also MAC address spoofing.

      You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty.
      - Jessica Mitford

      by Swampfoot on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 11:12:13 AM PDT

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      •  Actually no (1+ / 0-)
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        This is not anything you have control over. Your Internet Service Provider assigns this.

        Some ISPs will just use your current IP address as part of this ID. Your reverse DNS would then look something like 111.111.111.111.dsl.mindspring.com (where the 1's would represent your IP address).  This is good, because as you connect and disconnect from the internet the IP portion of the ID would change, making it difficult to trace you for any length of time.

        Unfortunately many ISPs assign a sort of account ID that always stays with you no matter what your IP is. In that case your reverse DNS would look something like user-ABCD123.dsl.mindspring.com.  This is bad because it uniquely identifies you for as long as you have an account with that ISP. It also can be used to identify where you are geographically (what city or town you are in). In addition, this information can be used to try and track what web sites you have visited.

        Normally this is no big deal. But if someone wants to maliciously target you and find out your geographic location or track your surfing habits, this is yet another tool they could use.

        •  The fixed DNS entry method (1+ / 0-)
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          is harder to implement, and the ISP probably thinks of it as a feature, since it would allow customers to run a server off the fixed domain name (although it would be even nicer if the customer got to choose the name). To do the same thing with an ever-changing name requires going through a domain name aliasing service.

          Greg Shenaut

    •  rotating ip address still give away info (1+ / 0-)
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      Even if your address changes every time you connect to the internet, be wary of any of them getting associated with you since it's very easy to convert IP addresses to geographic locations.  How precise the conversion depends on your ISP an type of the connection.  I've seen be extremely precise for cable modems, down to a particular suburb.   It's tends to be a little less precise for DSL but will still get the correct metro area.

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